Indian national capital New Delhi was placed on alert as the police launched a manhunt for three Pakistani militants who escaped from police custody recently, officials said Sunday.

Abdul Razzak, Mohammed Sadiq and Rafaqat Ali escaped from a hospital in central Delhi Friday, police disclosed Saturday night.

The three had served jail terms for triggering two blasts in the city’s 16th century Red Fort in 2000 were taken to the hospital for a routine check-up ahead of their deportation to Pakistan. “They had completed their nine-year sentence recently and were over to the immigration authorities for deportation,” Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

Security agencies were raiding suspected militant hideouts in Delhi and its neighbouring states to nab the militants. “Alerts have been put across country and we hope to catch the terrorists on the run in next two-three days. Now, they have to face fresh trials and will be convicted again,” Home Secretary GK Pillai to CNN-IBN network.

“We will take disciplinary action against the officers responsible for this. I don’t understand the reason of how they escaped,” he said.

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