STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Siliguri, 21 July
Three police officials, including an assistant sub-inspector and two constables, were suspended for alleged negligence of duties after an accused under-trial escaped while being taken into the prison van from the Siliguri court lock-up.
Two others also tried to give police a slip, but they were caught.
The incident took place on 19 July.
Pintu Roy, an accused of rape and murder, and two other accused were being taken out from the court lock-up.
Before taking them into the prison van, the trio tried to flee after allegedly sprinkling chilli powder on the policemen.
Police were able to catch two but Roy had managed to flee.
A search is on to nab Roy.
"We have suspended three police officials for negligence of duties.” said the Siliguri metropolitan police commissioner Mr K Jayaraman.
“We have already started a departmental inquiry," he added.
The three police officials are Shyamal Dutta Roy, Baburam Sharma and Bikash Pradhan.
They had been posted at the court lock-up. Mr Jayaraman said the security at the court lock-up had been strengthened and except the lawyers and police personnel no visitor would be allowed to meet those under trial at the lock-up.
A police officer said the decision had been taken after preliminary investigation.
It suggested that someone had given the chilli powder to those under trial at the court lock up, probably by a visitor, taking advantage of the situation.