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 injuries due to pierced glass on the sole of his foot and other injuries on his body. He may seeks treatment under assumed names. He stands convicted for a case of tresspass,rape and murder.
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,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.
50 cctv cameras,only 8 working
state Home Minister K J George said the high security central jail in Bangalore had 40 CCTV cameras,out of which only eight are in working condition. We will remove all the old CCTV cameras and will install new ones in the jail soon. A control room will be created to monitor the movements of prisoners at all times, he said.
sources said since there are over 50 high security inmates lodged in the prison,including PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani and fake stamp paper kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi,all available cameras were diverted to keep an eye on them.