Probe on into jailbreak bid at Kannur district prison

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Kannur: The police and prisons department have started a probe into the jailbreak bid made by some inmates of the district jail here after sedating the jail officials.
The investigating officer from the prisons department, M V Rajendran, who is the special officer at the Kozhikode DIG office, visited the jail on Saturday. He took the statements of jail officials and inmates who tried to escape and other prisoners.

As part of the police investigation, a police team headed by DySP K V Venugopal also visited the jail and recorded the statements.

The prisoners – Rafeeq, Ashraf Shamseer and Arun -- allegedly mixed tea with sleeping pills and served the brew to jail officials on duty on April 24. But their attempt to escape failed as the jail authorities who were taking rest after work noticed that something was amiss.

After having the laced tea, the jail officials experienced dizziness and underwent treatment at a nearby hospital. The initial diagnosis was that of food poisoning. Later, the CCTV at the prison’s kitchen showed images of prisoners mixing tea with sleeping pills.

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