Jharkhand: Two undertrials killed while escaping

Fifteen undertrial prisoners escaped on Tuesday while being escorted to jail from court in Chaibasa in Jharkhand.

Chaibasa: Two undertrials of Chaibasa jail were killed on Tuesday in police firing and at least 13 others managed to escape in West Singhbhum district.

The incident took place when the head count of the 53 prisoners was in progress within the jail soon after they were brought back to the prison following production in the local court today, DIG (Kolhan) Md Nehal told PTI.

As the police personnel guarding the premises opened fire, two of the prisoners who attempted the escape were killed, the official said.

A high alter has been sounded in the district and its borders sealed, he said.

Unconfirmed reports, however, put the casualty figure of prisoners at five.