Four undertrials escaped from a sub-jail in Borsad town of Gujarat’s Anand district in the wee hours of Saturday. The incident occurred between 3.30 am and 4 am, Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar said.
The authorities launched an operation to nab them, police said.
The inmates, who were undertrial in cases of murder, rape and prohibition, reportedly managed to escape by cutting the wooden part under the iron bar of the barrack gate using a saw and then jumping a high boundary wall.
One of the undertrials was accused of murder, two of rape under the provisions of Protection of Children for Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), and one under the Prohibition Act of the State, the SP said.
“We have put up barricades across various points and launched a combing operation to nab them. One of the escapees was traced, but he quickly managed to escape through farmland,” he said.
The official said one of the escaped prisoners, who was charged under the Prohibition Act, was granted bail by a court just recently and it is not clear what prompted him to escape.
Notably, this is not the first time such an incident has happened in the same sub-jail.
In 2004, ten prisoners had escaped from there. Three prisoners had escaped the jail in two separate incidents in 2018 as well.