Shimla prison break spoils HP Police’s first Raising Day celebrations, State on high-alert
Shimla: After the arrest of nine police officials in the Gudiya case, a jailbreak at Central Model Jail Kanda in Shimla district has spoiled the HP Police’s first Raising Day celebration that begun today on December 7.
The sentries or the inmates had no clue of when and how three prisoners, who were undertrial in separate cases of murder, abduction, and rape escaped. As per the statement given by Sushil Kumar Thakur, Superintendent prison, the prisoners Liladhar Khadak alias Lalit (22), Pratap Singh (37) and Prem Bahadur (22) escaped from Jail by cutting the iron roads of the window of the barrack No.-4 and crossed the main wall with the support of a pipe on the intervening night of November 5 and 6.
As per the the Superintended of Shimla, Soumya Sambasivan, escaped prisoners were Nepalese, and were lodged at the said barrack along with several other inmates. They managed to cut the bars without making any noise, and crossed a 16-feet high wall under the nose of the sentries. Two sentries were placed under suspension right after the prison break.
The prisoners were last seen in their barracks at 10:30 PM on December 5 during the routine counting. It was only during the morning roll call that the prison staff found the said prisoners missing. As per initial theory of the police, the prisoners might have managed to steal a hexa-blade from the under construction block. They used some iron pipes/roads and, may be, their blankets to cross the wall.
A FIR (No.241/17) was registered under IPC Section 223 and 224 at the Boileaganj Police Station on Wednesday morning in connection to the escape from confinement due to negligence of the staff.
Surprisingly, the facility, considered to be one of the safest prisons in the State, have only a few CCTVs and majority of the premises did not have any surveillance. The spot from where the prisoners crossed the wall also lacked CCTV surveillance.
The police said a special committee has been formed under the SP Kanda Jail to investigate the case, and collect more information regarding the jailbreak.
The SP, Shimla, personally visited the prison and launched a search operation by constituting multiple teams of police. The boarding district Solan and Sirmaur were sealed along with release of the photographs of the escaped prisoners.
So far, the hands of the police are empty. The police fear that if the said prisoners manage to cross the Indo-Nepal border, it would be very difficult to nab them.
ASI Vijay Kumar I.O PS West was given the task of investigating the case.
The jailbreak came a day before the celebrations of the first Raising Day of the HP Police, which is already facing wrath of the people after nine of its officials including an IG, SP, and DSP were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in case relating to the custodial killing of an accused lodged at the Kotkhai Police Station on the intervening night of July 18 and 19.
The CBI has filed an elaborate chargesheet against the officials, and is claiming to have sufficient evidences to established the guilt of the arrested accused.
The trust of the people in HP Police has shattered due to alleged criminal conspiracy in the investigation of the gangrape and murder of 16-years-old girl in Kotkhai in July this year. Therefore, the current matter pertaining to the carelessness of the police in security of prisons has posed more questions on the working of the police.