Rajasthan police said that two undertrial prisoners who were charged under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act for raping minors escaped the Merta sub-jail in Nagaur district by making a rope of towels and climbing the 15-foot prison wall on Sunday evening.
The jail administration had no idea about the escape of the two prisoners until the evening head count of the prisoners on Sunday turned out 2 less than the expected count. The jail authorities then informed the police authorities about the missing 2 jail prisoners.
According to the City Station House Officer (SHO) Gangaram Vishnoi, the two prisoners who escaped the jail- Kesaram Naik and Ayub Khan, were incarcerated under the POCSO Act on charges of raping minors. It was almost 4 hours since the prisoners fled, did the jail authorities realised that the two inmates have broken out of the prison. Reportedly, the prisoners escaped at around 4 pm but the jail administration came to know about it only after 7:30 PM. They informed the police at 7.50 pm. According to the jail administration, the prisoners used five towels to make a rope and then used it to climb the prison wall. Later, the jail staff recovered the towels from the spot where they had scaled the wall.
The police immediately launched search operation to identify and locate the absconding prisoners. Major roads were barricaded but the prisoners are yet to be caught. The police has also started its investigation by questioning the families of two prisoners. Kesaram Naik hails from Mundasar village of Nagaur while the other prisoner Ayub Khan is from Nimbi Kalan village.