Three prisoners escaped from the high-security Mathura jail in Uttar Pradesh early on 1 January, police said. Four jail officials have been suspended.
The under-trials, who escaped at around 2 am on New Year’s Day, were housed in the 'youth barracks', an official told IANS. They have been identified as Shera, Sanjay and Baldev.
Speaking to NDTV, Shailendra Kumar Maitreya, a jail official said:
The inmates escaped between 1.30 am and 2 am. They were housed in the youth barrack which had a tin shed. They also used wooden sticks to escape.
Later in the day, jail wardens Vijay, Sonveer and Abhayram were placed under suspension, after a departmental probe was conducted by the Jail Superintendent.
A fourth prisoner, named Rahul, was caught when he fell down during his escape attempt. Prison authorities are interrogating him to ascertain the plans and whereabouts of the three fugitives.
(with inputs from IANS and PTI)
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