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Undertrial prisoner escapes from Karachi's Jinnah hospital, two court policemen arrested

An undertrial prisoner escaped from Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) which resulted in the arrest and suspension of two court policemen over charges of criminal negligence, officials said on Saturday.

The prisoner was brought to JPMC on January 5 and got admitted in the general ward from where he managed to escape early Friday morning (Jan 11) despite the presence of the court police, said JPMC Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali.

The suspect had gunshot wounds on his leg which was previously operated upon. He was admitted again to undergo surgery as he felt difficulty in walking, added Dr Jamali.

The JPMC director said the policemen deployed at the hospital were present at the time of his escape.

“Usually, they [the policemen] did not wear uniforms and appeared to be very casual towards their discipline,” Jamali said.

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Acting SHO of Saddar police station, Malik Hayat, said that the police have arrested two court policemen while a third official was on the run.

The SHO said a case has been registered on the complaint of the "commander of court police", Tanveer.

The officer revealed that the escaped prisoner had been arrested in an injured condition following a recent ‘encounter’ with Korangi police.

He said the investigators were trying to figure out as to how he managed to escape from the hospital in an injured condition.

Meanwhile, Minister for Prisons Nasir Hussain Shah took notice of the incident and sought an immediate inquiry report from the Inspector General of Prisons.

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