New Delhi, Jul 31: An undertrial, being taken from Tihar jail to a court in Haryanas Jind district in a roadways bus, on Saturday escaped after a group of unidentified youths sprayed chili powder in the eyes of policemen escorting him near Bahadurgarh.
"The incident took place at 6 AM. Around a dozen youths travelling in two cars intercepted the bus near Parle-G factory on NH-10. With the help of four youths travelling in the bus, they sprayed chili powder in the eyes of the policemen escorting the 27-year-old prisoner, Jitender alias Gogi, and escaped with him.
"They also took away a sub-machine gun belonging to one of the police personnel," DCP of the Third Battalion of Delhi Armed Police, Ashok Malik, said.
The police party, which was caught off guard, however, later retaliated and engaged in a brief exchange of fire with the youths. One of the bullet fired by the policemen hit the rear window pane of one of the two cars, he said.
The undertrial was being taken to a Narwana court from Delhi for a hearing in a murder case registered against him.
Jitender, a resident of outer Delhis Alipur village, has several criminal cases, including that of loot and murder, registered against him in Delhi and Haryana. Police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone providing information leading to his arrest.
Police said he was engaged in a gang war with Tillu Rajpuria from the same village.