While adding embarrassment to the administration of Nagpur Central Prison, one more lifer who was taken out to work in the Deputy Inspector General’s (Prisons) bungalow escaped on June 15, 2015.
According to police sources, the lifer named Purushottam Ramaji Bhoyar aged 35 years and a resident of Bodhli village of Gadchiroli District was undergoing life term imprisonment at Nagpur Central Jail. He was awarded life term by the Gadchiroli Sessions Judge on July 13, 2007 for the offence of murder.
He was admitted to Nagpur Central Prison on July 18, 2007. Considering his good conduct in the prison, he was granted permission on February 12, 2014 to undergo his sentence in the open jail. While he was working in the premises of the DIG’s bungalow and doing cleansing of the premises of the bungalow, on June 15, 2015, at around 8 am, the lifer managed to escape.
He was working along with 6 other convicts in the premises, all of whom were assigned the task of cleansing the area. When he was not noticed in the group of other convicts at about 10 am, the prison overseer (guard) raised an alarm. Since the convict was not seen the Jail Superintendent and other officials came to a high alert and started a hunt for the convict. However, their efforts were in vain.
Immediately the jail authorities informed the Dhantoli Police Station about the escape of a lifer.
The Dhantoli Police in turn registered a case against the convict after informing the higher police officials. Accordingly the wireless message was passed on to City Police Control Room, Rural Police, Railway Police and the Police Stations of Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Wardha, Bhandra, Amravati, Yavatmal and other districts.
The Nagpur Rural Additional Police Commissioner Shrikant Tarwade and Additional Police Commissioner Deepak Pande and the police officials of all the four zones, crime branch, police head-quarters and special crime branch held an immediate meeting and adopted necessary measures to investigate the case and to plan a search operation to apprehend the absconding lifer.
The police have activated their informants and have sent various squads to different directions and a war-level hunt is on.
It could be mentioned here that in a similar incident, five criminals escaped from the Nagpur Central Jail early morning on March 31, 2015. After their escape, many very vital changes and corrective measures were taken up. However, with the escape of the one more lifer, the effectiveness of these security measures has come under questioning?