Senior police officers said on Tuesday Sangeeta Devi was helped by unidentified persons in her alleged escape from Patna Medical College Hospital on Monday morning.
With no trace of the woman or her minor daughter so far, Jehanabad superintendent of police Aditya Kumar said cops had been stationed at Patna Junction and at bus stands too in order to stop her from getting out of the city.
Sangeeta had been thrashed and stripped by a group of men in Jehanabad last week after which she had been admitted to the PMCH and was under treatment in presence of cops. She, along with her daughter, had escaped a few hours before she was to be taken on remand for interrogation in connection with the murder of two youths — Chunnu Sharma and Rakesh Kumar.
“We are certain that Sangeeta got help during her escape. It seems a planned escape and she definitely had help waiting for her outside the hospital premises. There could be a vehicle waiting for them,” Aditya said.
“The police have checked the images on the CCTV camera at the PMCH. The images show Sangeeta, dressed in a long robe casually walking out of the hospital accompanied by her daughter, who is wearing a dark coloured top and jeans. The woman, as the images show, isn’t limping. Sangeeta’s daughter is seen holding her arm as she moves out of the hospital around 6.15am. The fact that she has just disappeared indicates that there was someone waiting for her outside the premises. It can very well be a vehicle and they rode on the same,” another police officer said requesting anonymity.