Ten inmates, including eight Bangladeshi and one Myanmarese citizens, fled from a government home at South Dinajpore on Saturday night by making hole in a wall.
The inmates belonged to Subhayam Home, located at Mangalpore area in Balurghat.
They have been identified as Anil Murmu, Mohammed Sayan, Wahidur Rehman, Mohammed Aslam, Mohammed Al Amin, Rabiul Halder, Mohammed Alal, Kaushik Burman, Mohammed Ashiq and Safiqul Islam.
“Among them, only Kaushik Burman is from here. A missing case has been lodged against them and a hunt has been initiated,” said a officer at Balurghat police station.
He added that from the modus operandi, it is clear that the escape was a planned affair. “They had slowly removed some weak bricks from the bathroom wall and created an escape route,” said the officer.
These 10 inmates lived with 42 others in a room from where they fled.
There are 78 other inmates at the home. While most are undertrials, some had crossed over from Bangladesh inadvertently.
“We try to contact their family members across the border and hand over children who have wandered from the other side. But since this takes some time, we keep these children at government homes till their relatives can be contacted,” the police officer said.
Additional District Magistrate Sajal Kanti Tikader, who visited the spot, said: “The Bangladeshi citizens were infiltrators. We have alerted the district police and the Border Security Force so that they don’t cross the border.” He added that the home had no superintendent and was looked after by an in-charge.
When contacted, Balurghat MP Arpita Ghosh said she did not know about the incident. “I was abroad. I have just returned. I will have to get some information on the matter before commenting on in,” she said.