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Last Updated: Wed, 28.11.12 12:32

Sunsari prison break: One fugitive held in India; jailor held responsible

One of the 12 prisoners who broke out of the Eastern Regional Jail, Sunsari, few weeks ago has been held in India, local media reports said as an official probe into the incident held the prison's jailor responsible for the incident.

The prisoners, who were serving jail time after being convicted of their involvement in various criminal activities, had managed to escape from the high-security prison by digging a 40-ft long tunnel.

Subrata Bayen, a Bangladeshi national was arrested from Bowbazar by the Indian government's Special Task Force (STF). Local media said he is the main accused in the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka in 2004, which left 24 people dead.

"A country-made gun, ammunition and fake Indian currency of Rs 11 lakh were recovered from his possession," local police commissioner R K Pachnanada told Times of India.

In 2008, an STF team had followed Bayen into Nepal, said reports. But the officers were detained by Nepali authorities for 'intrusion'. The STF officers were released but Bayen was locked up in Sunsari jail in Nepal.

Meanwhile, a committee formed to probe into an incident that saw 12 jailbirds dig a tunnel out of a Sunsari jail has found the jailor of the prison and other officials guilty of abetting the inmates.

At a press conference in Dharan, officials said Jailor Ram Prasad Upadhyaya, Prison Police Chief Inspector Ishwor Kumar Basnet and ASI Jit Bahadur Khatri (KC) have been held responsible for the incident.

The report states that Jailor Upadhyaya was paid Rs 21,000 and Inspector Basnet and ASI KC Rs 15,000 for four months to help execute the plan. nepalnews.com