Six officials suspended for Dantewada jailbreak

December 17th, 2007 - 10:44 pm ICT by admin  

Dantewada, Dec 17 (ANI): Day after Naxalites attacked a jail in Dantewada and freed 299 inmates, the Chhattisgarh authorities today stepped up prison security and suspended six officials.
The Chhattisgarh government has also sought help of neighbouring states to nab the rebels.
“Six jail officials have been suspended. If they were found guilty of negligence then they would be terminated from their jobs,” said State Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam.
An investigation has been ordered into the incident and a report would be submitted to the State Government, Netam said.
Meanwhile, Netam visited the district jail from where 299 prisoners had escaped.
He was accompanied by DGP Vishwaranjan and Jail DG Sant Kumar Paswan.
Authorities have also asked the guards in the main jails in the state capital, Raipur, and Bilaspur to be more vigilant.
At least 105 of those who escaped were Maoists.
The incident happened when the inmates assembled in the courtyard for food.
Despite the prison being an obvious target for Maoist rebels, only two guards were on duty when a group of rebel prisoners grabbed their rifles and overpowered them, police said.
Chhattisgarh is a stronghold of the rebels who operate in at least 13 states.
In March, 55 policemen were killed in a Maoist attack on a security post, the worst such incident in the state. (ANI)

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