Teen prisoner escapes from Tihar, MHA orders probe

The Union Home Ministry ordered a magisterial inquiry after two teenage undertrial prisoners at the Tihar jail tried to escape by climbing walls, digging a tunnel and crossing a drain on June 27. One of them managed to escape, while the other was found hiding in a drain on the jail premises, police said on Monday.

According to police, the jailbreak was attempted by Javed, 18, and Faizan, 19, who were lodged in the special roza ward of jail number 7 with 19 undertrial prisoners.

“Javed managed to escape, while Faizan was apprehended from the jail premises on June 28,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Pushpendra Kumar.

Javed, a resident of south Delhi’s Deoli village, was jailed on June 2 and was a repeat offender.

Faizan of south Delhi’s Madanpur Khadar was nabbed for the first time and was brought to the jail on June 24. They were facing trial in cases of armed robbery, burglary and theft under Indian Penal Code and Arms Act.

Faizan told the police that he could not flee due to injuries sustained in legs. District Magistrate (South West) Ankur Garg will conduct the inquiry ordered by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Garg will be assisted by officers from Delhi Prisons, Delhi Police and Public Works Department.

One-week deadline

“The inquiry will be completed within a week,” the LG’s office said in a statement.
District Magistrate Ankur Garg will also review the security setup of the jail. “The inquiry will also be to suggest remedial measures to be undertaken by the jail administration to prevent recurrence of such incidents,” the statement added.

Tihar jail authorities have also initiated an internal probe under the supervision of superintendent of jail 3, M K Dwivedi. A report is likely to be submitted in two days.

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