Man escapes from police custody, threatnes to commit suicide

High drama was witnessed near a railway crossing here when a man escaped from police custody and then threatened to commit suicide with a knife if policemen moved ahead to arrest him again.

Vijay Bahadur, 30, was in police custody in connection with a case lodged with Bhatta Basti police station and was being taken by policemen to his residence near Arjun Nagar railway crossing for some recovery in the evening.

The man, however, managed to escape from the custody of police and entered a fruit juice shop, some 200 metres from his house, and put the point of a knife in one hand at his throat and a poker at his abdomen by the other hand, threatening to commit suicide if the policemen tried to go close in on him.

He shouted at them and alleged he was thrashed by the police in custody and said he did not want to go with them.

However, he was convinced by senior police officials to surrender, which ended the hour-long drama.

"The man was under arrest and was taken to his house for some recovery. He got emotional and alleged he was thrashed in police custody. We assured him and his family of proper investigation in the matter, following which he got agree to go to the police station", Yogesh Dadhich, Additional DCP, told PTI.

He said Vijay tried to press the knife to keep up the pressure on police and bled slightly. He was taken to Bajaj Nagar police station and a medical check-up will be conducted.

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