Three officials of the Central Prison, Vellore, have been placed under suspension in connection with the escape of a life convict from the prison when he was engaged in work in the garden maintained on the premises here on Thursday.

According to a complaint lodged by the prison authorities at the Bagayam Police Station, Natarajan alias Paul Pandi (53) of Sivakasi, who was undergoing life term in the Vellore jail, escaped while he was engaged by the prison authorities in gardening work along with other convicts on Thursday morning. He was found missing by the authorities in the afternoon.

V. Karuppannan, Superintendent, Central Prison, Vellore, told The Hindu that Natarajan was engaged in cleaning work in the garden at the rear side of the prison along with five other convicts.

Three officials comprising Chief Head Warder Arumugam and two head warders Alexander and Muraleedharan have been placed under suspension in connection with the incident.

Natarajan, who was convicted to life imprisonment in a murder case in the R.S. Puram Police Station limits in Coimbatore in 1984, had served his sentence in different prisons in Tamil Nadu. He has been lodged in the Central Prison here from 2007, the Superintendent said.

Action follows escape of a life convict from the prison on Thursday

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