Prisoner flees custody in Lahore
LAHORE: An under-trial prisoner fled from judicial police custody, while three others were captured shortly after they escaped from a prison van on GT Road near Saggian Bridge in Sheikhupura district police range on Wednesday.
Factory Area police registered a case against four prisoners and took six policemen into custody.
Sheikhupura District Police Officer Dr Haider Ashraf told Dawn that a Lahore police prison van was returning after producing seven prisoners of Sheikhupura district jail in Ferozewala district courts when four prisoners scuffled with each other.
Sub-Inspector Arshad, the van in-charge, stopped the van and warned the prisoners. After his warning failed to calm the prisoners, he opened van’s backdoor to settle the issue, allowing the quarrelling prisoners to flee.
The policemen chased the fleeing prisoners and captured three of them Waqas, Imran and Liaquat with the help of public. However, fourth prisoner Rafique fled.
Police said Rafique was arrested in connection with a case registered with Shahdara police of Lahore district under sections 324 and 427 of the PPC.
The DPO said the policemen on judicial duty had been suspended and put behind the bars for showing negligence.