Police van from which Tihar inmate Deepak Dabas escaped had no CCTV

The blue van from which Dabas escaped was usually used to ferry personnel of the Third Battalion, said sources.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2016 3:16 am
As the van neared the main market in Bawana, Deepak Dabas managed to slip out of the handcuffs and escape. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra) As the van neared the main market in Bawana, Deepak Dabas managed to slip out of the handcuffs and escape. (Express Photo: Amit Mehra)

The open police van, from which an undertrial managed to escape Monday while on his way to court, was neither a dedicated vehicle to ferry prisoners nor did it have any CCTV cameras, said sources.

Deepak Dabas, who was being taken to a court in Haryana, had managed to escape from the van while the vehicle was making its way through heavy traffic in Bawana. The case is being investigated from all angles, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Vikramjit Singh, adding that police were also looking into what the policemen escorting the undertrial were doing at the time of the incident.

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The blue van from which Dabas escaped was usually used to ferry personnel of the Third Battalion, said sources. It was also used to ferry undertrials when there weren’t any dedicated vans available, they said.

Investigators have also questioned officials of the Third Battalion who had assigned the task — of taking Dabas to court — to the three policemen escorting him. Sources said investigators had also collected call data records of the three officers who were with Dabas. After an internal probe, police had suspended a head constable and a constable.

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