Missing Pakistani has escaped: officials (Lead)

September 27th, 2010 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Amritsar, Sep 27 (IANS) A Pakistani prisoner who went missing from the central prison here last month has indeed escaped, police have said. Three jail wardens have been suspended for negligence.
According to police, Nayamat Ali mysteriously disappeared Aug 29, leading investigators to initially think he may have committed suicide or had an accidental death.

Police had claimed it was impossible for Ali to scale the 24 feet high boundary wall. They had suspected he might have died after getting trapped in a sewer pipe or gutter.

A committee tasked to probe the matter has now said that the Pakistani has indeed escaped from the prison, Amritsar District Magistrate K.S. Pannu told IANS Monday.

“FIRs have been registered against the negligent jail officials,” Pannu said.

Ali, 40, was arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) a year ago for illegally entering India in Lopoke area near this city. Police said he was not mentally stable.

Officials said Ali had completed his jail term Aug 27 and was waiting for his repatriation. Three jail wardens have been suspended over the escape.

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