3 suspended in Halol jailbreak case

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Vadodara, Jun 11 (UNI) Authorities suspended three guards of the Halol sub-jail after a dramatic escape of eight undertrial prisoners of the jail in the wee hours yesterday.

Police which sounded a high alert in central Gujarat and launched a massive combing operation in different locations of the region, have so far been able to nab four of the eight offenders, who escaped, from Vadodara city, while search was on for six others, including two wives of the inmates, who allegedly supplied hacksaw blades to their husbands for execution of the jailbreak plan.

According to Panchmahals District Superintendent of Police J R Mothlia, three Halol jail guards, including head constable Dhamirsinh Jaysinh and two constables -- Ganpatsinh and Daulatsinh, who were on duty on the fateful night, had been placed under suspension for dereliction of duty.

Sources in the Vadodara Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) which nabbed four of the eight, said Dipak Nikam (25) was first to be nabbed from his Waghodia residence some eight hours after the jailbreak incident came to light on Tuesday morning. Continuing raids on the possible hideouts, DCB sleuths apprehended Prakash Patel from Nyay Mandir, and Jitendra Gandhi and Prakash Chauhan from the SSG hospital premises last night.

Interrogation of the four revealed that the prisoners made the jailbreak plan a fortnight ago after they obtained hacksaw blades from the wives of accused Bablu Pathan and Shahbaz Sheikh during their routine visit to the jail. Wives of both the accused, identified as Reeta and Farida, went absconding, the sources said.

The eight undertrials, seven of whom belong to Vadodara district, escaped from the Halol jail barrak number three after cutting the iron rods of the ventilation window with hacksaw blades.

Police had seized the blades and a long chaddar used by the undertrials to scale the 12ft high jail wall.

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