Thirty-five-year-old Mehtab Alam Molla, who was accused of beheading his sister six months ago, and was sent to the Calcutta Pavlov Hospital after being deemed unfit to stand, escaped from the facility on Friday. “He was admitted to the hospital on March 21, and had been undergoing treatment following the court order. Efforts are being made to trace his location,” police said.
“There is a common room for breakfast where all the patients assemble every morning. This morning, Mehtab did not turn up, and the hospital staff went looking for him. We then realized that he was missing,” said Ganesh Prasad, superintendent of Pavlov mental hospital.
Hospital authorities found a grill broken on a third-floor window, and suspect that Molla had escaped by climbing out the window.
“He was under police security, being an undertrial in a murder case. It is unfortunate that he managed to escape, but the police are investigating,” said Prasad. Molla, a garment trader, had discovered that his sister Nilofer Bibi, a mother of two, was staying with a rickshaw-puller. Following this, he went to the rickshaw-puller’s house, dragged his sister out to the street and beheaded her with a sword.
He then walked through Ayubnagar while holding the severed head, before surrendering at the Nadial police station. Hospital sources said that Molla had shown improvement over the course of his treatment, but his escape was nevertheless a cause for concern. The hospital authorities lodged a complaint in Topsia police station. “We are trying to trace his location, and strict action will be taken against anyone who is found guilty of negligence,” said a senior police officer.