Updated: April 13, 2021 10:46:45 am
The Odisha police was left red-faced after a dreaded gangster — SK Hyder, who was serving a life sentence — managed to flee while undergoing treatment in police custody from SCB Medical College in Cuttack. The state police, including forces from as many as four districts, have launched a massive manhunt to nab him.
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Who is SK Hyder ?
SK Hyder was involved in gang wars in Kendrapara district of the state and is known to plan and execute crimes from inside jail. He rose to fame after killing SK Chuna, brother of his arch rival Suleiman in Kendrapara in 2005. He was arrested the same year from Nagpur for the murder and was awaded life imprisonment in 2011. The Bhubaneswar police took his custody for an investigation when his name cropped up in the 2008 kidnapping and murder of mines trader Rashmi Ranjan Mahapatra. In 2015, he was sentenced to life again in this case.
Over 15 cases are lodged against him, including seven in Kendrapara and the rest in Bhubaneswar and Puri districts. The charges include murder, attempt to murder, extortion, loot among others.
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He was serving his term in Jharpada jail, but was shifted to district jail in Sambalpur in 2017 following reports of gang war with his rival Dhalasamanta brothers.
How did he manage to escape?
According to police officials, Hyder was moved to SCB hospital on March 24. He was admitted in cabin number 5 of the surgery ward for treatment. His absence was first noticed by a nurse who had visited his cabin for a daily routine check-up at 5.30 pm on Saturday. At the time of the escape, only one constable was positioned outside the cabin, who was found unconscious. Six constables in a shift of four hours each were guarding him. The police are investigating if the constable was drugged before Hyder fled.
Mystery shrouds Hyder’s escape?
Questions are being raised around the circumstances under which Hyder fled. Since March 23, Hyder was admitted in the hospital, but the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack police commissionerate was unaware about Hyder being treated at the medical facility in Cuttack. The cabin occupied by Hyder in the hospital did not have a CCTV camera. The role of prison authorities are also under scrutiny.
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