Ten prisoners of Naini Central Jail here on Monday escaped from police custody while being escorted to a court.
The inmates were being taken to the district court in a van from the jail when they reportedly got into a fight among themselves. To control the situation, the policemen escorting them got out of the van and opened the door of the rear. The inmates shoved the police away and escaped.
However, spokesperson for the Senior Superintendent of Police U. Shukla said the prisoners escaped through the van door, which was not locked. A sub-inspector and three constables have been placed under suspension, while a search operation is on, he added.