No progress in the escape of three sub-trials from Tripura prison

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No progress in the escape of three sub-trials from Tripura prison

Agartala, April 3 (UNI) Tripura police on Saturday night alerted their Mizoram counterpart and the BSF stationed along the Tripura-Bangladesh border in the eastern fringe, shortly after the arrest of three NLFT activists on trial listed in September 2020 for a murder case on the run from a prison van at Kanchanpur Sub-Prison in North Tripura. The initial investigation revealed shortcomings by prison security and those deployed at the front gate did not follow security code when alighting the defendant during trial from the van from the prison inside the prison. The prison authority decided to suspend the security personnel responsible for the incident and also ordered an investigation. According to the report, six defendants including these three were brought back to jail after being presented to the North Tripura District Court in Dharmanagar. Security personnel allegedly opened the prison van inside the first door without locking it. The escapees were identified as Singhamoni Reang, Jiban Reang and Lalthanga Reang, residents of the Kanchanpur area. According to the standards, a prison van must enter inside the second door, then the first and the second door of the prison would be locked before opening the van and the van would not come out until after the accused is entered the cell in slippers. In the event of an incident, the van was opened in front of the second door (inside) keeping the first door open, which paved the way for a runaway from the prison, police sources claimed. “In such an emergency, the prison police are authorized to open fire below the knee to stop their movement and give alarm to all concerned, but in this case the procedure has not been followed correctly. Senior police officers are investigating the incident to find out if the security men deployed in the van and gate were involved in facilitating their escape,” police said. The escaped prisoners were charged in the case with the murder of Litan Das de Damcherra who was abducted from his residence at gunpoint in mid-2020 during the Covid lockdown. After months, his body was exhumed from the deep jungles on the borders of Mizoram and Tripura. Based on this information, the police arrested them and have already submitted an indictment to the court requesting their trial in custody. The police raided all possible places inside Tripura to arrest them for the whole night, but failed. It is believed that they could have taken refuge in the deep forest of Western Mizoram and from there they would cross the border through the unmanned zone of the Indo-Bangladesh border. As a result, the Tripura Police also requested action from the Mizoram and BSF battalions. UNI BB ARN

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