FROM OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, May 4: The Superintendent of Jail and the Jailor of Williamgar District Jail were not in station when the five under trial militants belonging to ASAK and a rape accused made a daring escape on Sunday afternoon.
This is as per the Monday’s prelimiry findings submitted to the government by the East Garo Hills district administration which also dwelt on the deficiency of manpower in district jail that houses some of the most dreaded accused. The prelimiry findings were on the basis of a magisterial inquiry and revealed to The Sentinel by an official privy to the initial report.
According to the initial findings, besides the absence of the District Superintendent of Jail and the Jailor who was in Tura for an official assignment on the fateful Sunday, there were no adequate warders to monitor the activities of the inmates due to shortage of staff, even as the claim was about the presence of a head warder and four other warders when they were overpowered by the UTPs.
There was only one armed uniformed persol on duty when the incident happened, reported the official prelimiry findings. The prelimiry report also said that the UTPs who maged to break free, crossed the Simsang River before making their escape to the nearby forest. There were 67 UTPs in the jail with a capacity of fifty on the day of the incident, revealed the report that has recommended the deployment of adequate armed police guards in the jail premises.
It is learnt that 20 police persol have been requisitioned to be on shift duty at the Willimgar District Jail premises with immediate effect.
The Magisterial Inquiry earlier ordered was given a time frame of 20 days’ time frame but the magistrate has been asked to complete it in 10 days time.