Undertrial prisoner escapes from police custody
An inmate of Mysore Central Prison escaped while being taken to Kerala for producing before a court there by City Armed Reserved (CAR) Police on a KSRTC bus.
Police said Prakash, a resident of Bagandur village in H D Kote taluk, was being taken to Sultan Batheri in Kerala for production before the court in connection with a theft case.
He was housed in the city jail for nearly 18 months after his arrest for committing thefts at H D Kote and Sultan Batheri in Kerala.
Prakash, who had been hand-cuffed, was being escorted by CAR Head Constable Prakash and Constable Manjunath at the time of his escape after being produced before a JMFC Court in Kalpet near Kaladi in Kerala where the case was adjourned to May 30.
The two escort cops, who searched in vain for the escaped undertrial on May 22 later informed Mysore Jail Superintendent Jayasimha.
CAR DCP M N Jogalikar said Head Constable Prakash and Constable Manjunath involved in the case had been suspended for dereliction of duty. He also said the two cops had not brought the incident to his notice.
A team of CCB Police has rushed to Kerala to trace and nab the runaway under-trial.
Reacting to the escape, Mr Jayasimha, in a press release, said lack of adequate security while under-trials were being taken to neighbouring states was leading to such incidents.
He said they had been forced to take under-trials in buses as repeated requests for vehicles and additional staff were not considered. The incident had been brought to the notice of CAR DCP.
(Posted on 24-05-2014)