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On way to court, 16 prisoners escape

12 policemen were accompanying 51 inmates in bus.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2010 00:21 IST
Prabhu Razdan
Prabhu Razdan
Hindustan Times

Sixteen hardcore prisoners escaped from the custody of Haryana Police on Saturday. Slated to be produced in different courts in Palwal, they were travelling in a bus when the incident happened.

Four policemen were injured when a scuffle broke out between the 51 prisoners in the bus and the 12 policemen accompanying them. Some of the prisoners have cases of murder, attempt to murder and dacoity registered against them.

Aleem, one of the 16 who fled, has a history of escapes.

“This was his fifth escape," Superintendent of Police, Mewat, R.S. Vaishnoi said.

Haryana police has sounded an alert in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh after the incident.

Sources informed the incident occurred around 10 a.m. on Saturday when a police bus was on its way from Gurgaon's Bhondsi jail to Palwal.

“When the bus reached Sector 2 in Palwal, some prisoners started quarrelling with the policemen. Some broke open the emergency door and 18 prisoners fled,” Additional Superintendent of Police Palwal Hukum Singh told Hindustan Times. “But our cops managed to nab two of them — Mushtaq and Sajid of Mewat,” he said.

“The incident caused delay in the remaining prisoners' production before the courts on Saturday,” Sanjay Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Palwal, said.

Reacting to unconfirmed reports that a vehicle was following the bus and the prisoners who escaped used it vehicle to flee, Kumar said, “These are just rumours. Unless we re-capture some among those who fled and confirm this thing, we can not comment."

Four prisoners belong to Rajasthan, two are from Uttar Pradesh and the rest are from different parts of Haryana including Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal.

The police said 10 teams have been formed to arrest the fugitives.

First Published: Feb 28, 2010 00:21 IST