Thiruvananthapuram: In a bizarre incident, an inmate who escaped from the Open Jail at Nettukaltheri in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday night, returned to the prison, exhausted and hungry, after about three days.
Abdul Razaq (Mintu), 36, a migrant laborer hailing from West Bengal, sneaked out of the jail on Saturday night, but came back to surrender before the jail administrators around Tuesday midnight.
Razaq, who was found to be very tired and hungry, was later handed over to the Neyyar Dam police.
On Tuesday, jailers had seized a mobile phone from him. After the surrender, he told the officials that he was hiding inside a bush on the jail premises for two days as he feared that the he would be sent to the Central Jail as a punishment for using cellphone.
Security officers had seized mobile phones from two other inmates on the same day. The three, including Razaq, were made to sit in the jail warden’s room. When the warden went to the barrack for routine inspection, Razaq took to his heels, sources said.
The jail officials claimed that they searched for Rasaq in the entire area the same night, but could not locate him. However, with the inmate revealing that he was hiding within the jail premises, it is suspected that no combing operation was undertaken by the authorities.
Razaq resurfaced when the Prisons Department was planning to initiate action against jails officials for dereliction of duty.