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Escape from judicial lock-up: Accused worked on plan for over a month

The escape of four undertrials from the bakshikhana (judicial lock-up) at the Sector 43 district courts complex on September 23 was the result of planning by the accused lodged at Burail jail.

punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2015 23:08 IST
Gurpreet Singh Chhina
The undertrials crossed the duct of the washroom, climbed up to first floor and entered the washroom of chief judicial magistrate (CJM), before leaving the complex.
The undertrials crossed the duct of the washroom, climbed up to first floor and entered the washroom of chief judicial magistrate (CJM), before leaving the complex. (Livemint Photo)

The escape of four undertrials from the bakshikhana (judicial lock-up) at the Sector 43 district courts complex on September 23 was the result of planning by the accused lodged at Burail jail. It started with breaking of the lock of the duct of the washroom of bakshikhana by an undertrial, Radhey, a month before the four escaped, revealed one of the escapee, Abrar Khan, who was nabbed on Saturday at the airport light point when he was riding a stolen motorcycle. Khan is a native of Dabriya in Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, Radhey was not among those escaped.

The police said during interrogation, Khan said Radhey came to the court for a hearing in August and broke the lock of the duct. He said Radhey shared the information with other inmates. Radhey had planned to escape from the district courts on September 24, but his plan couldn’t materilise due the escape by Khan and three others a day before.

Khan told the police that they crossed the duct of the washroom, climbed up to first floor and entered the washroom of chief judicial magistrate (CJM), before leaving the complex. The fact has put a question mark on the security of judicial officers.

Of the four accused who had fled, two — Pankaj and Abrar Khan — have been arrested, while the cops claim they have vital clues about the whereabouts of remaining two, Vicky and Alam.

Inmates wanted to teach cops a lesson

Pankaj, an jail inmate, said the cops deployed outside the bakshikhana were too strict with them and did not allow them to talk to their family members, so inmates decided to teach them a lesson. On September 4 one of the undertrials, Sonu alias Bakriwala had scuffled with cops at the bakshikhana and allegedly tore the uniform of one of the policemen. The lock-up in-charge inspector Charanjit Singh had also written to the court authorities about the pathetic condition of the lock-up.

DSP( crime) Jagbir Singh says, “ We are preparing a detail report on the revelation of the accused which would be sent to the senior police officers.”