Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Three inmates detained in the juvenile home at Kellys escaped on Wednesday night.

On a complaint from juvenile home officials that three boys had scaled the compound wall and escaped, the Secretariat Colony police has registered a case under Section 224 of the IPC.

The police said that during May this year, two inmates escaped from the home, but were secured in a short period.

According to preliminary inquiries, the boys who escaped last night were involved in house break-ins and petty crimes, officials said.

A senior official said the low walls enabled the inmates to scale it with ease. Repeated pleas to raise the height of the wall had failed.

However, sources at the juvenile home said that officials there had taken up the issue with the authorities concerned. The escape was a stray incident, and many first-time offenders in the home were strictly monitored.

After last night’s escape, the vigil has been tightened in the juvenile home, which houses 125 inmates who are either convicted or accused of indulging in criminal offences.

A police officer in charge of crime investigations said that during a storming operation recently, the police detained a juvenile, as his movements were suspicious. Based on his confessions, gold jewels and other valuables were recovered.

He was detained in the juvenile home.

He said that in many house break-ins, the finger prints lifted were those of strangers and did not match with those of habitual offenders. Inquiries suggested that the accused were below 20 years.