Chennai, Jan 22: In an embarrassment for the Tamil Nadu police, a man accused of making hoax bomb calls managed to give the slip at the Madhya Pradesh railway station. Syed Ahmed Ali aged 37 was being taken to Lucknow.
However, Ali who was arrested by the Vellore police got off at the railway station in Itarsi Madhya Pradesh and escaped.
Ali originally hailing from Tripura was picked up in the month of October 2015 by the Vellore police after he made two bomb threat calls.
A probe conducted on him revealed that he was terminally ill and had no terror links. He has been accused of making similar calls in the past in which he threatened to blow up the Taj Mahal and also the Ajmer Dargah.
He was being taken by a team of police personnel to Lucknow as there was a court hearing. However, he got off at the railway station and gave the police the slip. An inquiry is being conducted as to how he managed to escape despite there being six police personnel.
A search operation has been launched and a formal complaint has also been filed with the railway police at Madhya Pradesh. A four member police team from Vellore will leave for Madhya Pradesh to help in nabbing Ali.