Seven Arrested in Daring Prison Van Escape Attempt

SSP Manu Maharaj with the seven men arrested in the prison escape attempt case.

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Patna: Police in Patna on Thursday arrested seven men in connection with the Tuesday failed bid to escape from a prison van by three Maoist extremists in broad daylight.

Talking to reporters, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said that the two People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) ultras lodged in Beur Jail, during their interrogation, confessed of planning the daring escape with the help of one Amarjeet, a known criminal in Patna City, for an agreed price of Rs. 50,000.

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Amarjeet then recruited six of his gang members to help him execute the plan.

"One of the seven men then managed to give a pistol and four crude bombs to Sonu and Sikandar when they were being escorted out of the Patna City courthouse. Other men then followed the prison van with the intention to help the two criminals escape from the vehicle after they had detonated the bombs and chaos had ensued. However, thanks to the presence of mind of the prison van driver, he managed to keep going and brought the criminals back to the Beur Jail where they were overpowered by the security guards," the SSP said.

Following raids at various places, police arrested Amarjeet and his associates Vicky Kumar, Golu Thathera, Vikki Tati, Golu Kumar, Prakash Kumar, and Sunny Mallick.

Police also recovered five bombs, three pistols, and dozens of bullets from their possession.

Bombs recovered from criminals' possession.Bombs recovered from criminals' possession.

Meanwhile, authorities have suspended 18 policemen, including five SAP Jawans on suspicion of aiding and abetting the criminals in their daring escape attempt.

"We have come to find out that some of the policemen played a role in the Tuesday's plan to free some inmates. They have been identified and will be prosecuted soon. If found guilty, they will be sent to jail," the SSP said.

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