Pris­oner hood­winks po­lice­men, walks out of Puzhal to free­dom

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THIS seems striaght out of a movie. A pris­oner who was not sup­posed to be re­leased man­ages to escape from Tamil Nadu’s premier jail — the famed Puzhal prison in the city. And how?

A 25-year-old re­mand pris­oner walked out of the prison gates on Oc­to­ber 4, de­spite hav­ing a few cases pend­ing against him af­ter he man­aged to hood­wink the of­fi­cials in the re­mis­sion sec­tion. What is more supris­ing is that the in­ci­dent came to light only af­ter the of­fi­cials were check­ing the list al­most a week later. Mo­hammed Sheeran of Roy­apet­tah who has more than 30 cases pend­ing against him, most of them thefts, was lodged in the prison on Septem­ber 18.

The pris­oner ap­plied for bail in just one case and the no­ti­fi­ca­tion reached the prison on Oct 4. When he was asked by the of­fi­cials in the re­mis­sion sec­tion whether he had any other pend­ing cases, he said no. “He lied say­ing no. In fact, he had three cases against him and had not ap­plied for bail in those cases,” said a po­lice source.

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