Jailbreak culprits disguised themselves as PWD labourers

Teenage undertrial prisoners Javed and Faizan tried to disguise themselves as Public Works Department labourers to cross the 16-foot high wall in their jailbreak bid on Saturday, sources said.

Javed had succeeded to flee, but was caught again in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district on Tuesday.

A probe has revealed that Javed and Faizan might have taken around four hours to dig the tunnel under the third and the highest wall which came in the way to their freedom. The wall in jail 8 was two-foot thick and led to the drain.

“They managed to dig a 10-foot tunnel without being noticed or questioned. Our probe has revealed that PWD labourers were working there due to which the security personnel did not doubt anything for hours,” said the source, adding Javed and Faizan only used rocks and scrap lying nearby.

In the last four days, senior police officers have visited the jail several times to recreate the methods which might have been used by the culprits. Javed was also confronted with Faizan on Wednesday and they were asked to show how they planned to flee.

“They were also helped by the inferior quality of material used to build the walls. Even the recently repaired walls in Tihar Jail crumble easily and can’t be linked with any high-security prison,” the source added.

After walking out of the jail, Javed had hailed an autorickshaw to meet his family in south Delhi’s Deoli village. He  then left for Gonda with his brother.

Police said Javed could have been arrested earlier if the jail authorities had informed them as soon as the jailbreak was discovered. It was noticed late on June 27 by the jail authorities, but they informed police after almost 12 hours.

The interrogation has revealed that Javed and Faizan began their escape plan by scaling the 13-foot high wall of the jail to land on a street separating jail number 7 and 8. They then scaled another wall of the same height to enter jail number 8.

Repeat offender Javed was jailed on June 2. He was facing trial for cases of armed robbery, burglary and theft under Indian Penal Code and Arms Act. Sources added that Javed had also tried to flee earlier and Faizan was physically assaulted when he was taken back to the jail.

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