Ten wardens suspended after Arunachal jailbreak

 ITANAGAR: Ten wardens of the district jail at Jully in Papum Pare district have been suspended following the recent incidence of jailbreak in which three undertrial prisoners escaped by scaling the 18-ft high security wall.

"The wardens have been suspended as per the preliminary inquiry into the incident of August 24 last," SP (prison) Michi Paku said on Monday. He also conceded that the incident occurred due to a security lapse and negligence of staff on duty.

A detailed investigation is on and a departmental inquiry is being carried out as well. Action would be taken accordingly, the SP informed, and added that two of the suspended wardens are officers.

Meanwhile, investigation is on for tracing and nabbing the escaped inmates. According to police, the runaway undertrials were seen on a bike in the early hours of August 24 near Bangalmara under Laluk police station in Assam's North Lakhimpur district.

Meanwhile, four operatives of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were arrested by Changlang police recently when they on the charge of extorting money from businessmen at Bijoypur. The linkmen were identified as Anil Chakma, Chowpinto Thaman, Sanjiv Singh and Arvind Singh, polices sources said on Monday.

Another six accused are still at large. During interrogation Anil Chakma admitted to collecting money from businessmen in the area. The ransom letter was written on the UPDF letterhead and signed by the outfit's commander, Sumana Munglang, and its 'finance minister', R Gohain. Sources said that the UPDF has been running an extortion racket in Bordumsa area to strengthen its organizational setup. Police recovered eight mobile phones, daggers and a black veil from the arrested.