A MASSIVE manhunt involving multiple police teams to find Jaishankar,36,a serial rapist and killer who escaped from the high security central jail at Parappana Agrahara in Bangalore in the early hours of Sunday,failed to yield results through Monday,with reports of a detention at a hospital in Hosur,Tamil Nadu,being denied by senior police officials in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
A lookout notice issued by the police today described Jaishankar as a driver by profession and native of Kanyapattanam Konasamudra village,Edappaddi Taluk in Salem district of Tamil Nadu.
Jaishankar is an accused in 11 rape cases and eight attempt to rape cases at Krishnagiri,Tirupur,Namakkal and Salem in Tamil Nadu. He is also accused of the rape and murder of a woman police constable in Salem. In Karnataka he is accused of five murders in Chitradurga and Tumkur. He was lodged in the Parappana Agrahara prison since October 2011 for trial in the Karnataka cases.
According to the lookout notice,which was pasted on the walls of hospitals and other public places in the city and its outskirts,Jaishankar escaped by scaling the high security inner and outer northern periphery wall and by jumping down. It said that during the process of escape,he is likely to have sustained bleeding injuries due to pierced glass on the sole of his foot and abrasive injuries on his forearms and other injuries on his body. He may visit quacks or doctors at clinics or nursing homes or hospitals for treatment under assumed names. He stands convicted for a case of tresspass,rape and murder.
Police sources said Jaishankar could not have escaped without the help of insiders,since he was housed in the second floor of the hospital block which is under the constant watch of three convict watchmen. The convict watchmen are lifers who have been appointed by the prison department to keep a tab on other convicts.
As per procedure,the convict watchmen would lock Jaishankar in his cell everyday at 6 pm and hand over the keys to the security guard deputed outside the hospital block. Even if Jaishankar had a duplicate key to his cell,it would be impossible to open the lock from inside since the locks are designed in such a way that they can be opened only from outside,said sources.
Meanwhile,Home Minister K J George,who held a meeting with police and prison department officials,announced a Rs 5 lakh reward for anyone who provides information leading to Jaishankars arrest.
He said a special team has been set up to nab Jaishankar. The team,with Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) B K Singh at the helm,will have nearly 12 sub-teams. George said an inquiry committee headed by Home Secretary S K Pattanayak would probe the security lapses,including the possibility of insider involvement.
Additional Commissioner of Police (law and order) Kamal Pant said the special team has started the hunt for Jaishankar and has sought the help of the police team who nabbed him in Zalki in Bijapur district in 2011,as well as officials who have investigated cases against him and are familiar with his modus operandi.
The police have requested the public to provide information to the Parappana Agrahara police station at 080-22943475/ 080-25743201/ 9480801627 / 9844737125 or to Asst Commissioner of Police,Madiwala sub-division,at 9480801606,or to Bangalore City South East Division Police Control Room at 080-22943481/22943482 and Bangalore City Police Control Room-100 or 080-22943322.