Amid scares of COVID-19 community transmission in Assam, three under trial prisoners including one on murder charges quarantined at Karimganj Jail in lower Assam had on Saturday escaped.
Fajiur Rahman, a resident of Fakirabasti in Hojai, who was sent to judicial custody on June 13 in connection to a murder in Badarpur, the two other – Wahid Alid and Mantak Ahmed – were car jackers and was brought in on June 10. Both Alid from Bazariksra and Ahmed from Hafaniyat were residents of Karimganj district, but, had travel history.
“As a precautionary measure, we had quarantined the two. Rahman, because, he had recently come from Hojai, and the car jacker duo, because of probable travel history due to their nature of work,” a police source in Karimganj said.
Hojai is one of the COVID hotspots with at least 269 active cases there while Karimganj, according to a website www.covid19india.org, that records various statistics about the disease in India, has 99 active cases.
The Karimganj jail superintendent, Sanjib Chetia said, “The three were quarantined together. At midnight, they broke one of the windows in their cell and broke out.”
“It became possible because, the jail has turned old and due to COVID crisis, we are in short of security personnel,” Chetia told media.
Chetia said, the local police have been informed and a search operation has been initiated.
This is not the first instance of prison break in the district jail. Earlier on February 20, two inmates of which, one was from neighbouring Bangladesh had fled the prison after punching a hole in the tin roof of the district jail.