MHA seeks report from Tihar authorities on jailbreak; LG orders magisterial inquiry

Tihar jail in Delhi

New Delhi, June 29: The Home Ministry has sought a report from Tihar prisons authorities on escape of an undertrial from their custody. A senior Home Ministry official said on Monday: “A report has been sought from the prison authorities.”

According to Tihar officials, in a major security breach, two undertrials scaled the wall of the ward they were lodged in and then dug a tunnel through the boundary wall to escape from the prison.

The sensational jailbreak took place on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday and came to the notice of jail authorities only when the two inmates were found missing during the morning roll call, they said.

On Saturday night, the two men reportedly scaled two 13-foot walls and managed to dig a tunnel under a 16-foot high, two feet thick wall. Then they entered a sewage pipe to get into the residential complex of the prison.

The police say Faizan got stuck ian the sewer but Javed went on to climb another wall to enter a park in the Director General’s residential complex and casually walked out.

The jail authorities realized they were missing during the Sunday morning roll call. On searching the complex, they found the tunnel and soon, a search team managed to catch up with Faizan.

While Faizan was soon nabbed, Javed managed to give jail authorities a slip. A manhunt has been launched to catch him, they said.

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

Jung has reportedly asked the Delhi Police to investigate how it happened, look into possible lapses and review security in Delhi prisons.

(With Agency Inputs)

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