Malda, 11 November
Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Malda range, Mr C S Lepcha, today inspected the lock-up of English Bazaar police station after three under-trial prisoners fled from there on 9 November night around 11 p.m.
Mr Lepcha also held a meeting with the superintendents of police of Malda and south Dinajpur Mr Kalyan Mukherjee and Mr Prasun Banerjee regarding infrastructural lapses of lock-ups in different police stations of both districts.
Meanwhile, an assistant sub inspector, Mr Anasarul Hoque and a sentry, Mr Mukul Burman, who were in charge at the time of the fleeing of those under-trial prisoners, were suspended by SP, Malda Kalyan Mukherjee.
However, even after a lapse of 48 hours police could not catch out those absconding criminals against whom many cases are pending.
The issue of the infrastructural lapses of the lockup in English Bazaar police station came to the fore after such incidents happened alone in English Bazaar police station twice in the last five months.
A section of police officials preferring anonymity said that the lockup of English Bazaar police station is approximately 150 years old. Naturally, it requires thorough renovation.
Though the police officials remained tightlipped over the agenda of the DIG&’s meeting with the SP, Malda, it has been learnt from sources that condition of many lock-ups in different police stations of Malda and south Dinajpur are poor. Those must undergo immediate renovation.
It was resolved that a list of such lock-ups would be readied immediately.
It may be mentioned that three under-trial prisoners, Lob Mandal (21) of Bagbari area under English Bazaar police station, Byomkesh Karmakar (19) and Sabirul Sheikh (21) of Old Malda were nabbed 8 November from Rathbari area on the charge of peddling fake currencies.
After they were produced in court, the chief judicial magistrate ordered three days of police custody for them.
When police personnel were reportedly busy with their shifting of duties, the trio fled by bending the rod of the widow of the lock-up&’s lavatory.
A deputy superintendent of police, Mr Nirmal Singh Deb, who did the primary enquiry, informed that Mr Hoque and Mr Burman were suspended on the charge of negligence in duty.