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Ramakanta Biswas

Cuttack: Notorious gangster Sheikh Hyder, who is serving life imprisonment in connection with murder and other offences, escaped from SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Saturday while undergoing treatment.

Hyder escaped from ward No 5 of the surgery ward of SCB after overpowering an APR guard who was on his security duty. He was lodged in Sambalpur circle jail and was shifted to SCB a couple of days back after undergoing preliminary treatment for some illness from Vimsar, Burla.

A team has been constituted comprising SPs of Kendrapara, Jajpur, Cuttack DCP and other senior officials to nab the dreaded criminal, informed DGP of Prisons.

Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh said, “All our special teams have been alerted and a massive search operation has been launched. Neighbouring states have also been notified about the development. We are hopeful to arrest the criminal at the earliest.”

In 2015, the Court of Additional District Judge-2 in Bhubaneswar had handed imprisonment for life to Hyder and two others in connection with the kidnap and murder of mine owner Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra.

Prior to that in 2011, Hyder and seven others were sentenced to life for killing Sheikh Chuna alias Malik Hanan, brother of gangster Sheikh Suleiman.

On May 2, 2017, Hyder was transferred to Sambalpur jail from Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar due to security reasons following reports of gang war with Dhalasamanta brothers.

Staff-nurse on duty at the ward where Haider was admitted in SCB informed, “I last saw him (Haider) when I went to the ward to administer medicine & there were 4 to 5 people & security guard nearby but when I visited again at 5.30 pm, the guard was sleeping & the patient was missing.”

“I woke the security guard up & asked him to inform about the incident to the jailer but he was not in proper condition. Apart from two stand fans, patient (Haider’s) admission ward was completely empty & even the cabin locker was empty,” the Staff nurse said.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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