Bangladeshi inmates flee juvenile home

Nine inmates, all allegedly from Bangladesh, broke open the lock and fled from a juvenile home at Berhampore in Murshidabad district in the wee hours of Saturday, police said.

Confirming the incident, Murshidabad’s Superintendent of Police Humayun Kabir said: “I have got information that some inmates have fled the Ananda Ashram. We are looking into the matter.”

The incident happened on Friday night when nine inmates all between 16 and 18 years slipped out of their room, broke open the lock of the main gate and fled.

When asked how they fled from custody, Kabir said: “We don’t man the ashram. The security aspect is taken care of by the ashram authorities only and so unless we complete the investigation it is impossible for us to say the method and reason of escape”.

Though Behrampore police station confirmed that the children were from Bangladesh, Kabir said: “There is every possibility that the children were from Bangladesh but unless we complete the investigation we are not in a position to make any statement”.

The home was mainly used for remanding children who sneak into India from Bangladesh and cannot be taken into police or judicial custody.

The district administration has sought a detailed report from the authorities.

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