Pune: COVID-19 positive prisoners escape Yerawada prison

Chaitraly Deshmukh
Thursday, 10 September 2020

Two undertrial prisoners, who were in judicial custody and tested positive for the novel coronavirus, escaped from Yerawada temporary jail

Pune: Two undertrial prisoners, who were in judicial custody and tested positive for the novel coronavirus, escaped from Yerawada temporary jail in Pune on Thursday.  Both inmates were kept into a quarantine facility of the jail.

The duo was arrested in serious charges of robbery and attempted murder under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code. The police in the meantime has identified the run-away jail under trail inmates as suspects Anil Vitthal Vetal (age 21), a resident of Ganeshnagar, Bhima Koregaon, in Shirur Taluka of Pune and Vishal Ramdhan Kharat (23), a resident of Samarth Society, Nigdi. Against them another case has been registered with Yerawada police station.

Few months back, four under trial prisoners had run away from the premises of the same jail by breaking the iron grill and jumping from the first floor of a temporary arrangement.

According to police officials, “Shikrapur police have arrested Anil Vetal for robbery while the other suspect Vishal Kharat was arrested by Chikhali police for attempted murder. Both cases were lodged at the Yerawada Temporary Jail after their police custody was expired and remanded to judicial custody. COVID-19 test was performed during where they tested positive.” Jail authorities here have transformed a hostel building into a temporary prison where new prisoners are kept in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 inside the jail.

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