Dreaded criminal attempts to escape from cell

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Shillong, Nov 5 (UNI) Dreaded criminal Fullmoon Dhar made an abortive attempt to escape from Shillong Civil Hospital cell, police said today.

Dhar, an accused in a recent twin murder case, attempted to escape from the cell by removing the exhaust fan of the common bathroom at Shillong Civil Hospital, Superintendent of Police C A Lyngwa told UNI here.

''The blade, used to cut the iron bar fixed to the exhaust fan, was smuggled into the cell in a flask by a relative of Dhar,'' the SP said.

Dhar, along with his two colleagues - Micky Chester Suchiang and Krawborlang Marbaniang - is accused of murdering two women, Walangki Papeng and Jubilan Khar Mawlong, at Ban Umtyngkhong under Mawpdang, ten km from Mawdiangdiang on the outskirts of Shillong.

Later, the trio was arrested and had been in police custody since then.

Dhar, however, was admitted to Shillong Civil Hospital on Tuesday after he complained of throat infection.

Meanwhile, Ms Lyngwa said legal and disciplinary action would be taken against constable D Dutta who was guarding the cell when Dhar made the attempt to escape.

''We will also make an inquiry into the laxity on the part of constable guarding the cell,'' she said.

In the wake of the incident, the state police has banned bringing of home cooked food for the accused inside Shillong Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of 15 NGOs with the Chairperson of State Women Commission Susanne Marak held here today stressed the need to speed up the inquiry related to the twin murder case and other pending cases on crimes against women.

The meeting also decided to form district level committees to facilitate the reporting of the cases on violence against women with the police and also with the Sate Women Commission.

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