PATNA: In a shocking occurance, tens of juvenile inmates, including murderers and rapists, staged a mass breakout from a detention center in Bihar after cutting through metal windows and gates, police said Monday.
As reported by NDTV, 34 out of 86 inmates broke out of the facility in Munger district of Bihar on Sunday, an officer said. However,12 of them returned in the hours after the daring escape.
“The inmates broke the iron grills and the metal gate and fled in an overnight escape,” Ashish Bharti, Munger police chief, told news agency AFP.
Many of the fleers have either been convicted or are awaiting trial to be pronounced guilty for serious offences such as murder, rape and theft, the officer added.
Police are investigating the breakout and a manhunt is underway for the escapees.
This is not the first time, jailed convicts have escaped in Bihar. Approximately 100 inmates had fled from a similar facility in Bihar in 2015 after tying bedsheets and scaling walls.
As per official statistics recorded, bout 31,000 offenders below the age of 18 are kept in juvenile homes intended for reforming the delinquents.
These homes are not secured by armed guards and inmates often sleep in dormitories instead of individual cells.