Youth escapes from police custody in Jorhat

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, July 7: A youth identified as Lalit Phukan who had arrested on Saturday along with a woman on charges of duping a person of a large sum of money for giving government contract fled on Saturday night while being taken for a check-up by the police to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH).

A police source said that that Pranab Baruah, a havildar, had been suspended in this connection.

Lalit Phukan (28) of Nakachari along with Anima Dutta of Kotoky Pukhuri here were arrested for allegedly providing fake contract orders to the owner of Ramdhenu Enterprises at Tarajan and taking Rs 1.30 lakh from him for the same.

Lalit Phukan jumped off from the police vehicle in front of Jorhat police station and fled at about 11 pm while being taken to the hospital.

This is the third incident in which persons arrested have managed to escape from police custody.

On May 20, Papu Singh who had been arrested on charges of being involved in theft of batteries from vehicles escaped from the lock-up of the Jorhat police station after giving the slip to the guards.

On February 26, this year an undertrial prisoner of Central Jail had fled from the District and Sessions Court premises while he was brought to the court by police.

Meanwhile, Prasanta Neog (30), son of late Khagen Neog of Tekela gaon under Pulibor police station has been apprehended on Saturday night by a joint team of Rowrah police   outpost and  Pulibor police station in connection with a case of extortion  given in the name and style of ULFA (I) to one Nagen Ganjam, mohori of Sangsua TE under Rowriah police outpost.

Jorhat superintendent of police Vaibhav Nimbalkar said that police also recovered one .22 pistol, fake demand letter copy with ULFA seal from him. A case has already been registered in Jorhat PS vide no. 1624/2019 under section 387 of IPC.

The SP has also requested all citizens to inform the local police immediately whenever such demands are given.

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