The two undertrial women inmates who escaped from Attakkulangara womenâ€™s prison in Thiruvananthapuram district were caught on Thursday, two days after they escaped.
The inmates, identified as Sandhya (26) of Varkala and Shilpa (23) of Nagaroor, were found missing on Tuesday evening at around 5.45 pm while a head count of the prisoners was being conducted.
According to reports, this was the first jailbreak of its kind and it made news as the inmates escaped in broad daylight by scaling the high walls guarding the prison.
After the jailbreak, the CCTV visuals of the two women walking out of the prison were captured and circulated. The police had also received information that people had spotted the two women in locations outside the jail.
On Thursday at around 11 pm, the duo was caught by police from a location near Palode in Thiruvananthapuram, says a Mathrubhumi report.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had told the Assembly that a special team will investigate the jailbreak. Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala had lashed out at the state government saying that the police has not been able to nab the prison inmates even after 48 hours.
According to reports, the two women were planning to go to a relativeâ€™s house near Palode when police officials nabbed them. The police had extended the search to even Tamil Nadu and were investigating the relatives of the prison inmates.
Reports also state that though the motive behind the escape is not known yet, the women were mothers of minor children and the angst to meet the children could be the reason behind the jailbreak.
Shilpa had been arrested for a theft case, while Sandhya had been booked in connection with a cheating case. Both were remanded to prison by the Attingal Judicial First Class Magistrate earlier this month.