Another Tihar Jail escapee arrested

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: One more undertrial who had escaped from the Tihar Central Jail here this past Wednesday was arrested by the North-East Delhi police on Saturday.

According to the police, Imran, accused in a rape case and lodged in jail since last month, was arrested from his hideout at Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh. Imran, the police said, had plans to escape to Pune.

During interrogation, Imran purportedly told the police that he had pulled out the iron pipe from the toilet -- which was used by undertrials to break the latch of the rear door and escape -- of the court complex.

Imran also told the police that three other undertrials were involved in breaking the latch. Ayya, another escapee who was arrested by the North-East Delhi police on Friday, had told the police that one Manik alias Mota had broken the latch. Efforts are now on to arrest Manik.

Ayya had also told the police that after escaping most of the undertrials had separated.

He took an auto rickshaw to reach his hideout in North-East Delhi and also borrowed money from an acquaintance.

He was planning to escape out of Delhi but was arrested.

Meanwhile, investigations so far have revealed that the constable who was supposed to be present at the rear gate of the court lock up was busy producing other undertrials in the court.

"Ideally, he should have remained at his post. But he had not left the post for some personal work. He was busy in the court itself," said an officer.

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