An under-trial prisoner (UTP) allegedly escaped from police custody while on treatment from the Covid ward of MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur.
The UTP, identified as Mirata Singh of Nayagarh, who was arrested on charges of Ganja smuggling, was admitted to the Covid ward at the MKCG in Berhampur on July 31. He was found missing from the ward in the early hours of Saturday, hospital authorities said.
According to reports, Singh was lodged at Baliguda Sub jail after his arrest where he complained of breathlessness following dipping of his oxygen levels due to Covid infection. He was admitted to the hospital for treatment. After a week-long treatment, he recovered and was about to be discharged.
Prof Santosh Kumar Mishra, Superintendent, MKCG Medical College and Hospital said, "Two police personnel who had accompanied Singh to the hospital were guarding the prisoner. We have informed the police regarding the custody break."
The CCTV footage will be examined on how he managed to escape, he added.
According to reports, three guards including two armed police personnel and a jail warder were in the charge of his security.
The police personnel said that they were doing their duty outside the ward due to restriction in entry. Taking advantage of his recovery and absence of police, he managed to flee.
Meanwhile, police have launched a search to trace the escaped prisoner.