Prisoner escapes from hospital after his associates threw chili powder and fired at Delhi Police personnel
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Prisoner escapes from hospital after his associates threw chili powder and fired at Delhi Police personnel

The prisoner, indentified as Sandeep, had been brought to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash for regular check up. Delhi police said raids are on to nab him.

delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2018 08:50 IST
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The prisoner, identified as Sandeep, allegedly threw chili powder at three police personnel who were escorting him to the hospital and fled(Getty Images/iStockphoto (For representation only))

A member of a dreaded crime syndicate escaped from police custody on Monday after his accomplices threw chilli powder on guards accompanying him to a hospital in Daryaganj.

Police said Sandeep alias Dhillu, who was in east Delhi’s Mandoli jail, escaped along with his four associates who also opened fire on police officers. Sandeep is suspected to be a member of the Neeraj Bawana gang and has been convicted in a murder, with 14 other cases pending against him.

It was unclear over which case he was incarcerated at the Mandoli prison.

The incident, according to an officer, took place at 11.20 am at Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences in Central Delhi’s Daryaganj, barely a kilometre from the Delhi Police headquarters.

A senior police officer said Sandeep’s associates were armed and had come on three motorcycles. As soon as the escape was reported, police declared an alert across the city and increased vigil at borders.

The three policemen who were escorting Sandeep have been suspended.

Sandeep is a resident of Bahadurgarh in Haryana. He was first arrested in 2003.

DKS Singh, deputy commissioner of police (3rd battalion of Delhi Armed police) of the unit in-charge of escorting prisoners, said the convict visited the out-patient department (OPD) of the hospital for treatment on February 9. He was advised to come back again on Monday.

“Today (Monday), the prisoner was brought to the hospital under the supervision of assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs), Braj Mohan, Naresh Pal and head constable Yogender in an Eeco van provided by jail authorities,” said the DCP.

It was after the meeting with the doctor when the police team was attacked. As the blinded policemen raised an alarm, some bystanders tried to intervene but men fired two shots and escaped.

“Fortunately, no one was injured. The police personnel fired four bullets to stop Sandeep from fleeing,” said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP (central).

Randhawa said a case of attempt to murder and under other sections of the Indian Penal Code was filed against Sandeep and others over Monday’s incident. “We are looking at CCTV cameras and analysing it for clues,” he added.

Sources in police said Sandeep was also associated with gangsters Sandeep Mental and Tillu of Alipur. DCP Randhawa, however, said they do not have evidence to prove Sandeep’s association with Bawana, Mental or Tillu.

Dependra Pathak, chief spokesman of Delhi Police, said a parallel inquiry has been initiated to ascertain why a high-risk prisoner was being escorted in a private van and not in a jail van or ambulance.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 16:28 IST