Three constables of the Pune police headquarters 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 injured constables,who were on Friday in a Solapur hospital,reached Pune early 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),who was lodged in Yerawada jail in connection with a murder case,to Karnataka for trial in another murder case. Mangrule was also severely injured in the incident.
Besides two murder cases,there is an attempt-to-murder case and a theft case against Mangrule,a resident of Akkalkot in Solapur district,who was supposed to be presented before a court in Indi,in Bijapur district of Karnataka,on November 10.
The team reached Indi on the day,but the court was closed. So they produced Mangrule before a Bijapur court,which set the next hearing for November 23.
The police team and Mangrule boarded the Bijapur-Solapur Express at Bijapur around 4.30 pm on Thursday. About 15 minutes after the train started,Mangrule,who was handcuffed,told the policemen he wanted to go to the toilet. When he reached near the door,he pushed them aside and jumped off the train,said the policemen.
Constable Phule jumped after him,constables 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 hitched a ride with a motorcyclist to the 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.
The Bijapur police helped the injured cops and Mangrule to get medical attention. Mangrule was taken into custody by Bijapur railway police. Police Commissioner Meeran Borwankar announced a reward for the constables.
We jumped to save our jobs
The three constables said they jumped from the moving train to save their jobs. If the prisoner had fled we would have had to face departmental action. We would have lost our job. So we jumped from the fast moving train. We are injured,but happy we managed to nab the prisoner, said constable Shrinath Kamble at Hardikar hospital. His leg is fractured and he has suffered back injury.
Constable Vikas Phule,the first to jump,was admitted to the ICU. His hands and left leg suffered fracture. He has head injuries too. Hanumant Masal is under treatment at the general ward. He fractured his left leg and suffered injuries on the waist.