Convicted dacoit escapes from train during transit

NAGPUR: A convicted dacoit serving life term in Nagpur Central Jail escaped after giving a slip to his guards while being taken to Nashik for a hearing in another case early Tuesday morning.

Satish alias Chotya Kale, a resident of Taloja, was being taking to Nashik by prisoner escort team by train when he disappeared at Bodwad in , around 360 kilometres from city.

This is the second incident in two months of a criminal fleeing from police custody during train travel. In September, a mobile thief had escaped from custody of Gittikhadan police while being brought to city from Goa in a train. A case in this regard has been registered at Government Railway Police (GRP), Jalgaon. Several GRP teams are currently searching for Kale.

Central jail officials had handed over Kale to prisoner escort team (daura court cell) of police on November 26. The team comprising head constable Ishwar Gudge, Keshwar Dighore and Satish Gawai was supposed to take Kale to Nashik for hearing of another dacoity case. Police team and Kale boarded the in Nagpur around 9pm on Monday.

After the Malkpur station, Kale discreetly took out his chains and jumped out of train at Bodwad station before at around 3 am on Tuesday. Cops tried to find Kale but he disappeared in the dark. The escort team approached GRP Jalgaon and registered an offence.

The incident was informed to Nagpur Central Jail on Tuesday afternoon. The incident has raised questions on police’s handling of criminals in transit. Sources said often police personnel became too friendly with criminals they are escorting.

Jail SP Rani Bhosle said, “We have not yet received any letter from police, but we got a call about the incident. Kale had been shifted to Nagpur in 2017 from Taloja jail.”

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