An undertrial prisoner who was undergoing treatment at the prisons ward in Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad managed to escape from there in the early hours of Monday. The undertrial managed to saw through the grill of the bathroom ventilator and squeeze himself out. The police said that the man, identified as 25-year-old Pasupu Vicky, used a water pipe to scale down from the building before escaping from the premises.
Vicky was lodged at the Cherlapally Central Prison since December last year after he was charged under sections 498 A (Domestic violence) and 307 (Attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after he allegedly assaulted his wife, the police said. In the last week of February, the police said that Vicky broke a tube light at the Cherlapally jail and swallowed the pieces, following which he was rushed to the hospital by prison staff.
At the hospital, when Vicky went to use the bathroom late on Monday night and did not come out for a while, police officials accompanying him broke open the door to find the ventilator neatly sawed open. CCTV footage later showed him scaling the back gate of the hospital near the parking area, which always remains closed.
Speaking to TNM, Chilkalguda SHO, AC Balagangi Reddy said, "His wife had come to visit him at the hospital the previous day and we suspect that she may have given him the tool that he used to saw through the ventilator. Both of them are now missing and we suspect that they may have absconded together. We are looking at CCTV footage and we have established that he was in the city's Mailardevpally area, where his wife resided."
The police also said that the accused was due for bail in a few days, but with his latest attempt to escape, another case has been registered under Section 224 (Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC.
Three teams have been formed to nab the accused. The Chilkalguda police have formed two teams while the Mailardevpally police have formed one to track the accused down.