Three police constables of the Pune police headquarters were injured after they jumped off a moving train in pursuit of a prisoner they were escorting,who had flung himself out in a bid to escape near Bijapur in Karnataka. The constables,who were on Friday taken to a Solapur hospital,reached Pune on Saturday and were admitted to a hospital.
Constables Vikas Hiraman Phule (23),Shrinath Sampat Kamble (23) and Hanumant Sopan Masal (27),along with havaldar T M Kokane,had escorted Siddharam Shivkiran Mangrule (32) serving a prison term in a murder case in Yerawada jail to Karnataka for trial in another murder case. Mangrule was also injured in the incident. They were returning from Karnataka when the incident took place.
Mangrule,a resident of Akkalkot in Solapur district,was supposed to be produced in a court in Indi in Bijapur district of Karnataka for trial in a murder case on November 10 . The police party reached Indi in the day,but the court was closed and they produced Mangrule in Bijapur court,which set November 23 for next hearing.
The police and Mangrule boarded Bijapur-Solapur Express at Bijapur around 4.30 pm to return. Around 15 minutes after the train started,Mangrule,who was handcuffed,told the cops he wanted to go to the toilet. Near the door,he shoved them aside and jumped off the train,said the cops.
Constable Phule jumped after him and constable Masal and Kamble followed suit and they nabbed the injured Mangrule. The injured cops could not find help nearby as the spot was isolated. Kamble managed to hobble to a road about two kilometres from the spot and a two-wheeler rider took him to Bijapur police station,where Kamble arranged for help for his colleagues. Meanwhile,havaldar Kokane who had travelled a distance in the train,alighted and reached the spot.
Bijapur police helped the injured cops and Mangrule to get medical attention. Mangrule was taken into custody by Bijapur railway police. An offence was registered against him at the railway police station for attempting to escape. The constables were sent to Solapur for treatment on Friday. On Saturday they were admitted to Hardikar hospital in Pune. Police Commissioner Meeran Borwankar has announced a reward for them.
Till Saturday evening,however,no senior police officer other than inspector Motichan Rathod visited the hospital to see the injured cops. When this was pointed out,Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjiv Singhal,said,We were busy with the police recruitment drive at Shivajinagar. So we could not meet the injured cops in hospital. We had arranged all help by speaking to the superintendent of Bijapur police. The police commissioner has personally enquired about the cops and appreciated their brave act.