The arrest of T.H. Riyaz, 26, at Kasaragod on Thursday, a day after the arrest of his cell mate Jayanandan with whom he escaped on June 14, followed dramatic scenes, including a car chase.

A hardcore criminal, Riyaz, was arrested from Kasaragod by a special team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police P. Vikram at 8 p.m. If the daredevil escape of Riyaz and Jayanandan from the Central Jail here on June 14 exposed a major security lapse on the part of the jail authorities, the dramatic arrests of both within days of their escape have brought accolades to the police.

Superintendent of Police in Kasaragod P. Prakash told reporters in Kasaragod on Friday that the special team that had nabbed the absconding criminals was assisted by the special squad investigating temple burglary cases. He was trying to escape in an Alto car on Thursday night when he was captured by the police team, Mr. Prakash said.

According to the police, the special team followed Riyaz following information that he was planning to escape to Mangalore. He abandoned the car before it reached the Fort Road and fled only to be captured by the police personnel. A policeman was injured in an attempt to capture him.

The police had also recovered a mobile phone and SIM cards used by Riyaz.

He is expected to be brought here from Kasaragod on Saturday morning.

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