Heard of a detenu making good his escape from a police station in a police vehicle? Sounds like a plot straight out of a Bollywood potboiler. But the scene was played out in real life at a police station in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district making it the proverbial ‘talk of the town’.
It all happened last night when the youth, identified as Dharmendra Swain of Bainsia village, was taken to the Town Police station for questioning on suspicion. As per reports, Swain was waiting for his turn for questioning when he noticed the staff at the police station busy with work in their respective chambers. Some quick thinking and Swain gave shape to his escape plan.
Giving a slip to the unsuspecting policemen, Swain vroomed out in a police vehicle which was parked in premises of the Town police station. Sources said Swain managed to rob the police vehicle as the ignition keys were kept inside the SUV, a Bolero.
Embarrassed senior officials at the police station, who were at their wits end after Swain pulled off a stunt right under their nose, said that he was brought to the police station by a patrol team while he was roaming around in a street in a suspicious manner on Tuesday night.
During verification, it was found that the 30-year-old youth was mentally challenged and has no criminal antecedent.
“We carried out verification to know if the youth was undergoing some treatment for his mental health or any certificate to that effect had been issued,” said Bikash Ranjan Behura, the SDPO at Dhenkanal.
According to Behura, the youth managed to flee with the police vehicle when the driver went to fetch a bottle of water.
Nevertheless, Swain sent the entire police station on a wild goose chase before cops from a neighbouring police station finally managed to intercept the vehicle near Govindpur. “We will take appropriate action against him for the (police) carjacking incident,” Behura added.