Hardcore Maoist escapes from judicial custody in Ghatshila

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Jamshedpur : A hardcore Maoist Fogra Munda managed to escape along with another under trail from the judicial custody in Ghatshila while they were being brought to Ghatshila Sub-divisional Jail, on Monday evening.

Thirty-year-old Fogra was facing as many as eight naxal-related cases, seven of them that of murders. East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police, Amol V Homkar to rushed the Ghatshila court premises last night and also this morning to probe the incident. The senior SP last night suspended an assistant sub-inspector of police and 10 constables for negligence.

When contacted, Shailendra Kumar Srivastava, SP, (Rural) said that Fogra was being taken to the Ghatshila Court from the Ghatshila Subdivisional Jail along with 41 other undertrial for production in the cases they were facing.

“While they were being taken in a prisoners’ vehicle for being taken back to the jail, one of the prisoners fell down. The attention of the policemen was diverted. Getting an opportunity, Fogra and two other under- trial prisoners fled the spot,” said Srivastava.

The SP (Rural) said the policemen had quickly nabbed one of the three, who was an undertrial facing murder case, but Fogra and another under trial, Hopen Baske, who was also facing a murder charge, continue to abscond.

A resident of Shyamsunderpur, Ghatshila, Fogra was arrested in May 2012. He was involved in a number of naxal-sponsored violence and had committed seven murders. A senior police official said that Maoists are known for their uncertain behaviour when it comes to violence and police must not have taken a chance.Meanwhile, the police and paramilitary forces have started frisking commuters in the bordering areas. At some places common people are also being interrogated by police and paramilitary force on suspicion. Forces have been deployed
in strategic locations.

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