Tihar jail convict gives cops the slip
Notorious cheat jumps from Jhelum Express near Ludhiana railway stationpunjab Updated: Feb 18, 2012 14:54 IST
Giving four Delhi Armed Police officials the slip, an undertrial of Tihar Jail, Gagan Kumar Bakshi, jumped from the running Jhelum Express near the Ludhiana railway station and escaped.
Around 4pm, Bakshi requested the police officials to allow him to use the toilet. While he was in the toilet, two police officials stood guard outside. However, Bakshi managed to push them away when he came out of the toilet and jumped from the running train.
The police officials were taking Bakshi to Jalandhar from Ambala to produce him in a court there in connection with a case, said Partap Singh, head constable of Delhi Armed Police, who was heading the police team tasked with guarding Bakshi. The undertrial had been brought to Ambala from Tihar Jail on Thursday for hearing in another case.
Singh claimed he as well as the other police officials tried to catch Bakshi, but he fled. Singh said that though they pulled the emergency chain of the train, it stopped only around Phagwara. “When Bakshi jumped from the train we tried to pull the chain,” Singh said. “But the chain was so stiff that it took us time to pull it and the train stopped near Phagwara. By then Bakshi had vanished.”
Singh has registered a case with the Government Railway Police at the Ludhiana railway station under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC. Government Railway Police SHO Gurnam Singh confirmed that a case had been registered and investigations were on.
Bakshi is accused of cheating hundreds of people in different parts of the country promising to send them abroad. He is involved in more than 100 cheating cases and wanted in more than 80 cases.
Bakshi is in his early forties and has a wife, two daughters and a son, who live in Mumbai. He is originally from Lamdar in Jalandhar and has studied up to Class 3. He had contested in the assembly elections from Jalandhar City in 1997.