A day ahead of the Raising day celebration of the Himachal Police, three under trials lodged in Model Central Jail in Kanda near Shimla, escaped in the wee hours on Wednesday morning.
The under-trials had escaped by jumping the compounding wall of the jail around 4.00 am.
All Nepali nationals, they were charged with murder and rape in separate cases.
The three accused include Pratap Singh (27) from RakkamRaptiAnchal district, PremBhadur (22) from RakkamAnchal, Revati district and LeelaDhar (22) from SattyamAnchalRapti district.Pratap Singh and PremBhadur are facing rape charges, while LeelaDhar is an under trail in a murder case.
Prima facie, the jail authorities have held the security personnel responsible for negligence and have suspended two police personnel for dereliction of duty. A case has been registered in Boileuganj Police Station and three search teams have been constituted to launch a manhunt to nab the three accused and their photos have also been released.