A convict escaped from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) hospital in Varanasi where he was admitted for dialysis three days ago. Zahir-ul Haq, who was lodged in Varanasi Central Jail and hails from West Bengal, had been suffering with serious heart ailment while both his kidneys too were not functioning, say officials.
Haq was found missing from his bed in the hospital. The two jail warders — Anand Singh and Ravindra Das — who were deployed for his security — informed the senior jail officials about the escape early Sunday morning.
An FIR has been registered against Haq and the jail warders, confirmed SHO, Lanka, Dev Prakash Yadav.
Varanasi Central Jail Superintendent Sanjeev Tripathi said Haq was sent to the BHU hospital on July 2 for dialysis. A native of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal, Haq was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act case. He had served eight years of the jail term. In 2009, he was transferred to the jail in Varanasi from Gorakhpur.
Two days ago, doctors at the hospital had performed dialysis and fixed Sunday for another.
Early this morning, however, one of the warders informed the jail office about Haq missing from his bed. Search was conducted but Haq could not be traced.