August 20, 2016 4:06:09 am
Three prisoners under trial for murder escaped from Azamgarh district jail on Thursday evening after scaling a 22ft tall boundary wall using thick iron pipes.
The prison superintendent has suspended four warders for dereliction of duty.
Jail Superintendent Ramdhani told The Indian Express that the escape first came to light during a routine headcount at around 8 pm, after which staff began to search the prison premises.
They found two iron pipes connected to each other and kept in a vertical position with the support of the boundary wall, he added.
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The pipes, meant for laying of an underground LPG connection, had been kept in the kitchen godown.
Ramdhani added that the escapees — identified as Chandra Shekhar, Jitendra and Prakash — along with other inmates had been assigned work in the prison kitchen.
While other inmates returned to their barracks after completing their duties at around 7 pm, the three undertrials told the warders on duty that they were not feeling well and were going to the prison hospital to get medicine, said Ramdhani.
DIG Jail, Gorakhpur, Yadvendra Shukla said that the escape was pre-planned as the prisoners had shifted the iron pipes from the kitchen godown to the boundary wall area a few days ago.
A probe has been ordered into lapses by jail staff.
The three undertrials belong to Ghazipur district and had been in prison since 2014 on charges of murdering a temple priest.
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