Patna: City senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj on Thursday suspended five police personnel, including a sub-inspector, for dereliction of duty after an undertrial prisoner escaped from Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), where he was admitted for treatment, on Wednesday.
Ranvijay Singh alias Bablu Singh, facing charges including of murder, kidnapping and extortion, was admitted to PMCH for ophthalmologic treatment.
He managed to escape between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday on the pretext of going to the washroom.
Sources said though five policemen were to guard Bablu, only one had taken him to the washroom.
The five police personnel were from the police lines and were deputed by the Beur police.
Bablu was in Beur jail since December 2017 in connection with a kidnapping case.
He had some eye problems and had undergone treatment at the jail hospital, but there was no improvement. Later, he was referred to PMCH for better treatment and was admitted at the ophthalmology ward on March 22.
“The five police personnel were sent from the police lines and were assigned duty from the Beur police. The Pirbhore police had no role of providing security to the prisoner,” said Gulam Sarwar, station house officer of the Pirbhore police station that has jurisdiction over the PMCH area.
Bablu, police sources said, is a notorious criminal in the Bihta, Paliganj, Naubatpur area.
On Wednesday, he had gone to the washroom escorted by one pliceman. When Bablu didn’t return from the washroom, the policeman on duty informed his senior.
The Pirbhore police was also informed about the incident.
The Pirbhore cops, after lodging an FIR around 7pm, conducted raids at several places to catch Bablu.
Bablu, police sources said, was involved in several incidents of loot, extortion and murder, including the killing of a lady mukhiya, Baby Devi, at Kurtaul under the Parsa Bazar police station area.
Bablu’s escape has made police personnel at Bihta, Paliganj, Naubatpur and adjoining areas tense as before his arrest he used to operate from these areas.
Courtesy: The Telegraph