Ranchi: Authorities have suspended 14 Chaibasa prison officials after two prisoners were killed and 15 others escaped while they were being brought back to prison, as per news reports on Wednesday.
Out of the total 15 inmates which managed to flee, seven are Naxalites.
The incident took place yesterday when the headcount of 45 prisoners was underway after their return to the jail from the court where they were due to appear.
The prisoners overpowered the escort police team and prison guards even as the headcount was on.
According to news reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire at the jail van in which the prisoners were being taken back to the jail.
Two Naxal prisoners were killed and three others injured when police opened fire at them in a bid to stop them.
The police has launched a manhunt to hunt for the missing prisoners.