Four undertrial prisoners escaped from the district jail in Diphu in Karbi Anglong district in central Assam on Monday night by scaling the boundary wall with the help of bedsheets, prompting the authorities to institute a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Assam Inspector-General of Prisons P K Buragohain said it was only in the morning that the jail guards discovered that four inmates had escaped, with preliminary investigations showing that they first came out of their cells by bending the iron bars of the door and then used four bedsheets as a rope to scale the boundary wall.
“The Karbi Anglong Deputy Commissioner has been asked to institute a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Meanwhile, the police have launched a manhunt to trace the persons,” Buragohain said. All the four were members of the outlawed Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers (KPLT) and were lodged in the Diphu district jail since July last year.
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday directed DGP Khagen Sharma to strengthen security in all the jails across the state following the jailbreak in Diphu.
Gogoi also asked the DGP to institute a probe into the jailbreak and to take strong disciplinary action against the errant officials responsible for the serious security lapse leading to the jailbreak. The Diphu district jail, which has a capacity of 260, on Monday had as many as 569 prisoners, which was more than double its capacity.