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Would-be dad flees jail

Tarapith, June 27: A young man from Dhanbad who had stolen a car apparently to raise money for the delivery of his first child escaped from the prison of a police outpost in Birbhum’s Tarapith today.

Sources said Arjun Singh, who had been repeatedly telling police officers that he needed to be with his wife because she was in the advanced stage of pregnancy at home in Dhanbad’s Govindpur, gave the lone National Volunteer Force guard the slip by pretending to go to the bathroom this morning.

A police officer in Tarapith said Govindpur police station had been alerted. “We have given Govindpur police station Arjun’s address and informed officers there about his wife’s pregnancy. A team from here will leave for Govindpur soon,” the officer said.

Sources said Arjun, who had stolen the car posing as a policeman, was today taken to a bathroom outside the police outpost as there is none inside.

“An NVF guard stood a little distance away from the door of the bathroom. He might have become absent-minded and failed to notice Arjun slipping away,” a source said.

District superintendent of police Alok Rajoria told The Telegraph: “I have ordered an inquiry on how he escaped from police custody.”

Police sources in Birbhum said Arjun had been pleading with officers that he be allowed to visit his home for a few days so that he could see the newborn and had assured them he would not escape.

Quoting Arjun, a police source said: “I can go to jail, I have no problem. But I want to be with my wife during her delivery. I want to see the newborn. I don’t know how she would arrange for money for the delivery and admission to a hospital or nursing home.”

An arrested accused is not allowed to visit his family or step out of jail unless a court permits it in case of an emergency.

Tarapith police had not contacted Arjun’s family after his arrest on June 21. The accused had given his father-in-law’s mobile number, which is switched off.

“We asked him for an alternative number, but he told us that his family had no other phone,” a police officer said.

Despite having failed to contact his family, Tarapith police had not sought help of their counterparts to track down Arjun’s family, sources said.

Dhanbad police were contacted today after Arjun escaped.