A murder convict who escaped in Aug still at large. Bagwe says action against negligent staff
A convict serving two-year jail term in an abetment to suicide case escaped from the open jail of Yerawada Central Prison on Saturday afternoon. He is the second prisoner to escape from the Yerawada jail in less than two and a half months. The open jail is located outside the Yerawada central prison. In March this year,Robert alias Ravindra Anil Salvi was sentenced to two-year imprisonment by the Khadki court in an abetment to suicide case. Since then he was lodged at the Yerawada Central Prison.
Police said many convicts who are sentenced to lesser punishment are allowed to work in open jail. Salvi was into farming in Chimanbag farm in the open jail for the last three months. But today around 2 pm Salvi was found missing during checking. The jail staff then lodged a complaint at Yerawada police station.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons) Suresh Chavan said an inquiry has been ordered. Jail superintendent Padmakar Bhalerao is conducting the inquiry, said Chavan. Earlier,on August 16 this year,murder convict Balasaheb Bajaba Pawar (36),had escaped from the Yerawada Central Prison by scaling four compound walls of the prison. Three prison guards and a hawaldar were suspended for this.
Pawar,a native of Ahmednagar,was sentenced to life imprisonment in a 2004 murder case. He used to work in the black smith section in the jail. He broke the metal grill of the window of his barrack and scaled four compound walls using an assembly of a J shaped hook,pieces of iron pipe and rope. Pawar is still at large.
After Pawars escape,Ramesh Bagwe,Minister of State for Home Affairs had asked the jail administration to review the security arrangements. Bagwe had said ideally there should be one guard for six prisoners. But in Yerawada jail,the proportion is one guard against 21 prisoners. Bagwe had assured to take steps for strengthening the security inside the jail.
When contacted today,Bagwe told The Indian Express that he has called a meeting of all senior jail officers in the state. The meeting will take place at the end of the month. We would discuss the issue of security in prisons in detail, he said,adding that prisoner escaping from open jail is a serious matter. Action would be taken against the negligent jail staff, he said.