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Three prisoners escape from Punjab jail, hunt launched

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh orders magisterial inquiry, asks Minister to suspend all responsible for prison security

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the escape of three prisoners from Central Jail, Amritsar, and has also directed the Jails Minister to immediately suspend, pending inquiry, all those responsible for prison security.

A State-wide hunt was launched for the escaped prisoners on Sunday morning. The Chief Minister also ordered the ADGP Jails to revamp prison security in the wake of the incident, which came to light around 3.20 a.m., after the undertrial prisoners broke their barrack and escaped by scaling the inner and outer walls of the jail, as per the CCTV footage of the prison, said an official statement.

“The prison guards were alerted about the escape by the other inmates, who included the brother of one of the escaped prisoners, according to initial reports. There was no evidence of outside help, according to preliminary investigations, which suggest that the trio, among 61 prisoners in Barrack no. 7, Ahata No. 2, had planned the escape on their own,” said the statement.

Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta added in the statement that the men apparently made a hole in the wall of their barrack by removing about 10 bricks. They then appeared to have scaled the inner wall (about 16 feet high) by standing one atop the other, while they climbed the outer wall (21 feet approx.) by using a hook made of a steel bar and the cover of a quilt. They finally escaped the jail complex from a point near Tower No. 10, which was not under CCTV cover, he said.

One of the escaped prisoners has been identified as: Vishal hailing from Amritsar. The other two are brothers, identified as Gurpreet and Jarnail of Khadoor Sahib, he added.

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