An undertrial T. Manikandan (24) of Menasi village in Pappireddipatti taluk escaped from the Harur sub-jail on Friday allegedly hoodwinking two of the prison staff on duty.

He was later caught at Morappur bus stand by the Harur police with the help of a mobile phone seized from him within a few hours of escape. Seven prison staff were placed under suspension by the Superintendent of Salem Central Prison and Control Officer for prisons in Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Dharmapuri districts A. Murugesan.

Manikandan was arrested in connection with theft cases on January 30.

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