The Delhi Police has registered a case against four policemen for allegedly abetting the escape of an undertrial lodged in Tihar jail, who is facing charges of molesting a child.
The four policemen have been suspended and are being questioned for their role in the case.
According to a complaint filed by an inspector, on April 15, the Third Battalion was deployed for escorting undertrial prisoners from the jail.
A team of policemen, including a head constable and three constables, from the Delhi Armed Police was formed. The prisoners were to be taken to Karkardooma court and Tis Hazari court, and back to the jail complex.
Sources said a total of 48 undertrials were to be brought back to the jail.
Around 6 pm, the four policemen, who have been suspended, returned two inmates to jail number 1, eight inmates to jail number 3, 32 inmates to jail number 8 and 9, and five inmates to jail number 5.
Jail officials realised the four policemen had failed to return one prisoner and left the jail premises without informing the authorities.
The FIR states that undertrial Amir Ali, who was recently arrested from Punjabi Bagh on charges of molestation and various provisions of the POCSO Act, was missing along with the policemen. “A search was mounted. The policemen were traced, but they allegedly refused to say anything about the missing undertrial,” a source said.
On the complaint of the inspector, a case has been registered at the Hari Nagar police station under Sections 223, 224 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Police said the undertrial is still missing.