Five prisoners escape from Multan jail Nine jail officials suspended
MULTAN/KHANEWAL: Nine officials of the district jail were suspended from service on Monday after the escape of five ‘hardened criminals’.
Initially seven inmates had tried the jailbreak, but two of them were captured by the jail staff within minutes of their escape. Among the fugitives is the alleged killer of a union council nazim from Khanewal. The case has hit the newspaper headlines because of the alleged involvement of a former minister and a tehsil nazim.
The prisoners who escaped were identified as Sajjad alias Sajju of Daudana, Khanewal, Nazeer Ahmad Bhatti of Kabirwala, Altaf Husain of Haveli Koranga, Mukhtar Husain from Burewala, Ghulam Shabeer of Faisalabad and Dost Muhammad of Jalalpur, Shorkot.
Their seventh accomplice, Muhmmad Rafique of Bangalwala Qadirpuran, could not scale the wall and fell down during the process. His fall alerted the jail staff who arrested him and immediately launched a hunt which resulted in the capture of Nazeer Ahmad from the adjoining Kotla Waris Shah graveyard.
DIG prisons (south Punjab) Mian Farooq Nazir told Dawn that the seven prisoners came out of the ward 7 by breaking the toilet wall at 230am on Monday and scaled the jail wall to escape.
He said nine jail staff on duty had been suspended from service for negligence. They included jail superintendent Malik Murtaza Shamim, deputy superintendent Arshad Warraich, assistant superintendent Farhan Naqvi, assistant superintendent Muhammad Arshad, head warden Muhammad Iqbal, head warden Ghafoor, warden Akhtar and main wall patrol officer Rahmatullah.
He said several police teams had been detailed to arrest the accused. He said the police were investigating the arrested prisoners to know how they got a pistol in their barrack.
Meanwhile, Sadar police registered an FIR against the accused prisoners and seven jail staff, including Shahjahan, Rahmatullah, Muhammad Iqbal, Zakaullah, Muhammad Afzal, Qamar Abbas and Sallahuddin, under sections 223, 224 and 7ATA.
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