Karachi: Convict flees from hospital; 2 cops held
KARACHI: A prisoner serving seven–year rigorous imprisonment at the central prison for committing street crime escaped from the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) after two personnel of jail police left him unattended on Thursday.
Wazir Masih, who was arrested by Sharea Faisal police and awarded seven–year sentence for committing street crimes, was brought to the CHK after his health suddenly deteriorated at the prison.
Eidgah SHO Malik Saleem said two personnel of jail police, Haroon and Asif, had brought Masih to the CHK, and while the prisoner was receiving emergency medical treatment, both the personnel walked away from the ward and left the prisoner unattended.
“One of the jail police personnel said he had gone to drink water, while the other said he left the place to see his colleague after he didn’t return for several minutes,” the SHO said, adding that their negligence led to the escape of the prisoner who walked away from the hospital without anybody watching him.
He said both the jail police personnel were in Eidgah police custody and they were awaiting instructions from the jail authorities to lodge a case against them. “Actually, providing security to the prisoners when they are brought to the CHK is the responsibility of the Eidgah police but it is done when the jail authorities inform the police through a letter. If a prisoner is brought to the hospital without our notice, how could we guard him,” he questioned.
Deputy Superintendent of Central Prison Karachi Nazeer Shah confirmed the escape of the prisoner from the CHK, saying that Wazir Masih suddenly fell seriously ill and he was sent to the CHK on the advice of the jail doctors. He said that the jail authorities have asked the Eidgah police to register a case against the jail police personnel for committing negligence.