Jamshedpur: Police launch hunt to nab undertrial on run
City police on Friday launched a hunt for a 25-year-old undertrial who fled from the MGM Medical College hospital prisoners' ward raising questions on security arrangements. Utter laxity on the part of the two constables posted, has also come into question.
Though the undertrial identified as Varun Mahto escaped from the constables' custody on Thursday morning, the fleeing was only brought to the notice of the senior officers late in the night only.
A resident of Kharsawan in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, Varun was lodged in the Seraikela divisional jail after being arrested for allegedly extorting money from contractors in the guise of a naxal in January this year. He was shifted to the medical college hospital for treatment after he complained of unease.
On Thursday morning, Varun had cajoled authorities into deputing the two constables deputed in the prisoners' ward duty to take him to the Sitaramdera bus-stand on some alibi and fled giving them a slip.
City DP, Subhash Chandra Jat said that a disciplinary action is being taken against the two constables for sheer negligence on work. "An undertrial prisoner cannot be taken outside the prisoners' ward without the court's permission. We are probing exactly under what circumstances the two constables had taken him to the bus stand. The district police is contemplating strong disciplinary action against the two constables," said Jat while talking to The Telegraph Online.
The city SP said they have also embarked on a hunt for the fugitive undertrial after removing the two constables from their duty.
The senior police officer stated that an FIR has been lodged with the Sakchi thana against Varun and that they are trying to find out whether the constables were hand-in-glove with the undertrial. Jat pointed out a special team has also been set up for tracing the fugitive. He said the team will work in cooperation of the Seraikela-Kharsawan police to nab the undertrial on the run.