Patiala, April 28
Three convicts escaped from Patiala central jail early on Wednesday morning, according to sources.
The three had escaped following laxity on part of jail officials. All three were lodged in the Koratine barrack which houses cells for inmates. The police were investigating how they managed to scale a 10-feet inner wall and then the outer wall which is over 12 feet in height.
“The trio managed to make a hole in the cell wall and later managed to scale the other two walls, without being noticed,” sources inside the jail said.
“We came to know about the escape in the morning during change of guard one of the jail guards noticed the hole in the cell wall,” they added.
The missing convicts include Sher Singh Son of Vanike village in Amritsar, Inderjeet Singh Dhiana of Ranipur village Komboa in Kapurthala and Jaspreet Singh Noopi of Dhadi village in Roopnagar.
Sher Singh was deported from the United Kingdom to serve a sentence in a drugs case, in which he was sentenced to 22 years behind bars.
“He was in Patiala jail for over two years,” said a senior police official.
“There is a hole which they made through the wall of their cell, not the outer wall. We are searching the jail premises as well”, said a senior official.
Patiala police have started a probe in the matter. “Raids are on to nab the accused trio and we have intimated our local police stations”, said Patiala SSP Vikramjeet Duggal.