‘Serial killer’ escapes from court premises in Angul

Angul: An Under Trial Prisoner(UTP) escaped from police custody while he was being produced before Angul court for hearing in connection with the murder of four persons.

The undertrial inmate Jhasketan Rout escaped soon after snatching a mobile phone of one of the constables, sources said.

According to reports, Jhasketan was arrested for his involvement in the brutal murder of two youths, Rajkishore Sahoo and Hiranakshya Sahoo of Kushakila village under Jarpada police limits in Angul district in 2016.

The accused was arrested by police basing on a complaint filed by family members of the deceased suspecting the role of Jhasketan.

“Today, the undertrial prisoner has escaped from court premises. An inquiry will be conducted to ascertain whether there was any involvement of any member of the police escort team or not. Besides, adequate measures will be taken for the protection of the witnesses in the case,” said Angul SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra.

Later, police had recovered two dead bodies buried 15 feet underground from the back side of a school building basing on the information revealed by Jhasketan during interrogation.

Police sources said, Rout, during interrogation, had admitted to have murdered two more persons in a similar fashion one year ago. He had also confessed to have dumped the bodies few meters away from the place where he had buried the bodies of Jogeswar and Hiranakhya.

During interrogation, Jhasketan had confessed to have murdered two others – Abala Gadnayak and her nephew Kumuda Sahu of Kukurpeta village near Chhendipada, over some financial issues, police sources said.