Police intercepted Babloo Kumar from Motihari railway station on Thursday, almost 24 hours after he slipped out of a Patna hospital where he was admitted following an accident.
Babloo, a resident of Savrahan village, was arrested around 6.30am. Chargesheets were issued against him earlier in some loot cases.
On Tuesday evening, Babloo was admitted to Shri Sai Hospital in Kankerbagh after he met with an accident in Motihari, around 160km north of the capital. Transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) after he turned critical, Babloo went missing early on Wednesday.
From information available with the police and the hospital authorities, Babloo escaped to Motihari as he heard the doctors in the ICU intending to inform the police about him. As he was evading arrest in cases back home, he sneaked out of the ICU and took a bus to the north Bihar town.
Ashutosh Singh, the director of Shri Sai Hospital, said: “The ICU is on the second floor. Five staff members and two doctors remain present there all the time. When the man was brought from Motihari on Tuesday evening, he was in a very serious condition and semi-conscious. The doctors shifted him to the ICU later. He gained consciousness after some time. As he was brought to the hospital after an accident, the police had to be informed. He had heard the doctors talk about it. When another serious patient was wheeled into the ICU at 4am, the doctors got busy with him. Babloo took advantage of the situation and slipped out through one of the doors used by the hospital personnel.”
Babloo suffered injuries on Tuesday after his motorcycle collided with a nilgai. He fell and a part of his face was damaged when the animal hit him.
The police said they had verified Babloo’s criminal antecedents.
An officer at Kankerbagh police station told The Telegraph: “The man has a criminal history and the police have ascertained it. Though we have not got a chance to talk to him, Babloo had taken a bus to Motihari and was at the railway station when a local police team caught him around 6.30am today (Thursday). He will be brought to Patna and the police will question him.”
The hospital authorities said they never thought a patient could flee from the premises and now they plan to step up the security.
“There is security at the hospital, but we had never anticipated that a patient could flee. From now, we will take extra care about the security,” added Singh, the hospital director.