MANGALDAI, April 4 - Much to the embarrassment of Darrang Police, an accused under police custody with his hands handcuffed managed to escape. According to police, acting on a secret tip-off of a possible monetary deal for a rhino horn, Darrang Police on Monday night had laid a trap engaging police in civil clothes in the guise of buyers to clinch a deal with a poachers� racket at Silbori village near Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve under Dalgaon police station. However, the suspected poachers attacked the police team in civil clothes injuring three policemen namely Matleb Ali, Hemanta Kalita and Ainul Haque. An additional police team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (Probation) Mohan Meena and Amit Kr Hojai, Deputy Superintendent of Police immediately retaliated and nabbed one miscreant identified as Hatem Ali (28). The injured policemen and the accused were first brought to Kharupetia Primary Health Centre and then to Mangaldai Civil Hospital at around 12 midnight.
The accused Hatem Ali who had been injured was admitted to bed no-22 in the male surgical indoor ward of the Civil Hospital under strict police vigilance with the handcuff in his hand being tied to the hospital bed. However, in the wee hours bluffing the policemen on duty, Hatem Ali got out of the handcuffs and managed to escape from the hospital.
Meanwhile SP, Darrang Sreejith T. while talking to this correspondent over phone didn�t rule out lapses on the part of the police and assured to nab the accused within a very short time. � Naturally there were some lapses on our part. But the absconding criminal will be nabbed very soon. We have also identified the criminals involved in the attack and they will also be booked soon. In this regard we have already registered a case,� he said.