In a major Jailbreak, four prisoners including two convicted for smuggling drugs and others facing trials in murder and rape cases escaped a high-security prison in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh on June 23.
Following the jailbreak, in the wee hours of the morning, a manhunt was launched to nab the four escaped. As per preliminary investigation, the four prisoners Nar Singh (20), Pankaj Mongia (21) (both from Rajasthan), and Lekh Ram (29) and Dubey Lal (19) cut the iron rod of their barrack at the sub-jail located in Kanavati area, just about 5 km from the district headquarters.
They then threw a rope across the 22-feet-tall boundary wall of the jail, climbed it with the help of some outside support and sneaked out of the prison compound, jailor R P Vasunai told PTI.
Singh, hailing from Udaipur, and Mongia, belonging to Chittor, was earlier convicted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and facing different imprisonments.
Ram, a native of neighbouring Mandsaur district in MP, was being tried in a case of loot and murder, while Lal, a resident of the state's Mandla district, was facing trial in a rape case, Vasunai said.
State Director General (Prisons) Sanjay Choudhary declared a bounty of Rs 50,000 on each of the four. Top district officials reached the prison to investigate the incident. Madhya Pradesh Police has also tightened security in areas bordering Rajasthan, the official said, adding efforts were on to trace the four prisoners.
The cops present in the jail are also collecting details of those people who had visited the four inmates recently at the jail. The Madhya Pradesh Jail department has ordered an administrative probe into the matter and the four fugitives are now carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 reach, said DG Jail Sanjay Chaudhary.
Former MP chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan also accused the state of complete lawlessness. Referring to Neemuch jailbreak case, the BJP leader said that it is a serious issue since those in power have been demanding better facilities for dreaded criminals in jail. He also called for a fair investigation into the Neemuch jailbreak incident and said that those responsible for security lapse should not be spared.