Escape from lockup: Chandigarh SHO shunted out, 2 women cops suspended

A day after a thief escaped from the lockup in Chandigarh, the station house officer was sent to the police lines and two women cops who were absent from duty were suspended
Efforts are on to trace and arrest the thief, who had slipped through rusted bars of the lockup at the police station in Sector 39, Chandigarh.
Efforts are on to trace and arrest the thief, who had slipped through rusted bars of the lockup at the police station in Sector 39, Chandigarh.
Published on Dec 09, 2021 01:24 AM IST
Copy Link
By, Chandigarh

A day after a thief escaped from the lockup at the police station in Sector 39, the Chandigarh Police on Wednesday shunted out the station house officer and suspended two women cops who were on night duty.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to trace and arrest the accused, who had slipped through rusted bars of the lockup in the wee hours of Tuesday.

“Such kind of negligence in duty cannot be tolerated. The SHO (inspector Ashok Kumar) has been transferred and sent to the police lines, while the staff found negligent has been suspended,” said Kuldeep Singh Chahal, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Chandigarh.

Those suspended are assistant sub-inspector Birmati, who was the night munshi, and constable Geeta, who was on the women desk.

Sources said that the preliminary inquiry found the two women cops were missing from duty. However, a home guard volunteer, who was posted on guard duty at the entrance, was alert, they said.

Meanwhile, inspector Juldan Singh, posted in the security wing, has been moved to the police station as the SHO.

Escaped from rear door

Divesh Gupta, 27, was arrested on Monday for allegedly committing a string of thefts of costly bicycles in southern sectors. He was produced in court and remanded to one-day police custody, during which he was sent to the police station in Sector 39 for questioning.

Sources privy to investigation said Gupta managed to slip through the rusted bars of the lockup past midnight. Two rods were bent and as the cement on the floor was loose, it facilitated his escape.

Footage of the CCTV camera installed to keep an eye on the lockup is blurry, but footage of another camera shows the shadow of a person escaping from the rear door of the station, it is learnt.

With both women cops missing from duty, and the home guard volunteer stationed at the entrance, Gupta managed to escape without being noticed, said a police official.

There are about 10 cops deployed on duty at night. The escape came to light when an investigating officer returned to the police station along with a constable after visiting a night spot, and noticed that Gupta’s shoes were missing.

On checking the lockup, they found him missing. Police teams are raiding various possible hideouts of the accused, but had failed to trace him till the filing of this report.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Following a site inspection about 10 days ago, CBRI submitted a report to Supreme Court regarding the preparation for the demolition and said it was in favour of an extension. (Sunil Ghosh/ HT Photo)

    SC extends demolition deadline of Supertech twin towers till August 28

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline for the demolition of the 32-storeyed twin towers—Apex and Ceyane—in Noida to August 28, three months beyond the earlier deadline set by the court for May 22. The new date was requested by Edifice Engineering, the private firm contracted to demolish the towers.

  • Victorious team of Prayagraj Division which won the RPF Inter-Divisional Volleyball competition. (ht photo)

    RPF team wins Prayagraj Div volleyball competition

    Team of Railway Protection Force of Prayagraj division won the RPF Inter-Divisional Volleyball Competition-2022 conducted by Prayagraj at Regional Railway Protection Force Training Centre at Subedarganj on Tuesday. Players of total five teams of Prayagraj, Agra and Jhansi Divisions besides NCR headquarters and Railway Protection Special Force participated in the competition. Chief Security Commissioner, Senior Chief Security Commissioner, Prayagraj and other officers were present during the finals. Moushumi Chaudhary were present.

  • According to experts, gases that emanate from sewer lines include hydrogen sulphide, ammonia, methane, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide. These gases are extremely injurious to health and can also result in death. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

    Two sanitation workers die while cleaning manhole in Noida

    Two men allegedly died of asphyxiation while cleaning a manhole without any safety gear in Phase 2 area of Noida, police said on Tuesday. According to police, the deceased have been identified as Sonu Singh (30), a resident of Bulandshahr and Shyam Babu (46), who hailed from Etah in Uttar Pradesh. Police said that the incident took place in a sewer line in front of a textile company located at C-17 hosiery complex.

  • The truck allegedly hit the six cyclists and all of them were injured. While five of them suffered minor injuries, one has been grievously injured. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

    Six cyclists hurt after being hit by truck on Noida e-way

    A group of six cyclists were injured after they were allegedly hit by a truck on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway on Tuesday morning, said police. The injured have been identified as Virendra Shukla, a resident of Logix Blossom County in Sector 137, Kumar Gaurav and Naveen Kumar, residents of Exotica Fresco in Sector 137, Sangeeta, a resident of Paramount Floraville in Sector 137, and Anshuman Gupta and Shivani Gupta, residents of Sector 14.

  • HT PhotoThe kiosks were inaugurated on Tuesday.

    Two new Sheroes Hangout kiosks opened in Noida

    The Sheroes Hangout cafe set up two kiosks at the Noida International Stadium in Sec 21 in collaboration with Noida Authority that aims to provide employment to acid attack survivors. These kiosks were inaugurated on Tuesday. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, performed by the CEO of the Noida Authority, Ritu Maheshwari, MP of Noida, Mahesh Sharma, MLA Pankaj Singh, Alok Dixit Sheroes Beneficiaries, and the Chhanv Foundation team was present.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, May 18, 2022