The four suspended policemen who were in charge of the prison van from which 10 undertrials had escaped near Balson Chauraha intersection here on Monday were today arrested and sent to jail. Two of the 10 fugitives have also been arrested.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Allahabad) Mohit Agarwal said,The four policemen,who were suspended yesterday,were prima facie found guilty of allowing the undertrials to escape due to negligence. They were arrested and sent to jail this evening.
A case had been registered at George Town police station against the policemen – sub-inspector Sanjay Kumar Singh and constables Krishna Pal Saroj,Vijay Singh and Ajay Kumar Pandey – and also the fugitives under different sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to escape of a person from legal confinement due to negligence on the part of the in-charge and offering resistance to legal confinement.
Agarwal added that departmental inquiry has been initiated against the policemen,which may lead to termination. The process would take some time,he said.
Two fugitives were also arrested since late Monday night. Superintendent of Police (City) Shailesh Yadav said,Chand Babu was arrested late last night near a mosque in Kareli police station area,while Mohammad Vaish was arrested near Atala Masjid under Khuldabad police station area on Tuesday morning. Babu was an accused under the NDPS Act,while Vaish was booked under Gangster Act. Efforts are being made to arrest the remaining eight fugitives.
The police has also announced a reward of Rs 5,000 on the arrest of each of the fugitives. The amount may also be increased.
Investigations have revealed that it was Rizwan alias Motu Maali,one of the 10 fugitives,who led the group of undertrials in escaping. Rizwan was accused in many heinous cases and was also reportedly orchestrating criminal activities from within the jail. Initial interrogation of the arrested accused has also revealed complete laxity on the part of the police personnel who were in-charge of the prison van.
Preliminary interrogation of the accused has revealed that they decided to escape after sensing an opportunity,as the rear door was not locked and all the policemen were sitting in the drivers cabin.
There is evidence to indicate that the undertrials decided to escape after they sensed an opportunity due to complete negligence on the part of the policemen. The accused,who have been arrested again,have told us the same, said Circle Officer (Colonelganj) Ajay Kumar Singh.
The arrested fugitives told the police that it was Rizwan who led the escapees. He was the one who floated the idea of escaping and also opened the rear door. In fact,a few undertrials decided not to flee and prevented a couple of others from doing so. Otherwise,the number of fugitives could have been higher, said Singh.
On Monday,a group of undertrials from Naini Central Jail were being brought to the district court in connection with their cases when the incident happened. The prison van was carrying 52 undertrials.