A lot of people carry pepper spray as a weapon of self-defense. It irritates the eyes as well as the respiratory passage allowing the user precious time to escape.
However, 16 undertrials (3 of whom are facing murder charges) from Phalodi sub-jail in Jodhpur district threw chilli powder in a female guard’s face, beat up the staff and escaped. According to TOI, the incident happened after dinner at around 8 pm and once they made it out, they used a vehicle parked outside to flee.
Times Now News quoted Phalodi sub-divisional magistrate Yashpal Ahuja confirming,
“Upon noticing commotion, I came rushing to the spot and saw vegetables strewn on the floor. A woman police personnel was screaming in pain. I asked the guard what had happened. He said five-seven prisoners have escaped from the jail after throwing chilli powder and vegetables at the jail guards. I immediately alerted the SHO and district collector about the incident, following which efforts were initiated to apprehend the escaped detainees.”
HT quoted him adding,
“Of the escaped prisoners, three are from Bihar and the rest are from Phalodi, Baap and Lohawat areas of Jodhpur. Most of the inmates were booked in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act cases. Public places are being checked and barricading has been placed at several exit points of the town. Nearby localities and CCTV footages are being scanned. Buses, trains, and other vehicles are also being checked. We are also investigating if the escape was pre-panned.”
Rajiv Dasot, director general (Prisons), said,
“We have around 60 inmates in this sub-jail where only undertrials are kept. We have intimated the local police. These men have made the biggest mistake of their lives by adding one more offence to their list. A massive hunt has been launched by the local police. All of them were locals and were booked in various cases. They were facing trials in the court.”
The cops are currently looking at CCTV footage to track them down. Toll plazas are also being monitored. We hope they’re caught soon.