A remand prisoner, Vanarasi Raju, who was arrested in a cycle theft case by Gampalagudem police, escaped from the Government Area Hospital here, on Monday.

According to Tiruvuru Circle Inspector P. Prasada Rao, the accused complained of giddiness on Sunday and the sub-jail staff shifted him to the hospital, where he was undergoing treatment as inpatient. When he was taken to attend the nature’s call on Monday, Raju, gave a slip to the escort police. Following a complaint, the police launched a hunt for the absconding prisoner, said the CI.