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Gujarat: Sabarmati Central Jail's Deputy Superintendent suspended following prison break attempt

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Feb 13, 2013 at 04:44pm IST

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Gandhinagar: The Deputy Superintendent of the Sabarmati Central Jail in Gujarat was suspended on Wednesday after a jail break attempt by inmates. Jail authorities on Monday had discovered an 18-feet long tunnel in the prison.

Those who attempted the jail break have now been put into a concrete structure for strict monitoring. Fourteen accused in the July 2008 Ahmedabad blast accused are lodged in the Sabarmati Central Jail.

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The tunnel was half way when it was discovered by the jail authorities. Late on Sunday night, when jail authorities suspected something amiss in the behaviour of two inmates at barrack number four, called 'Chhota Chakkar', they searched it and found the tunnel dug from inside the barrack, police said.

Sabarmati Central Jail's Deputy Superintendent suspended

The jail authorities had on Monday discovered an 18-feet long tunnel in the prison.

The state Home Ministry has ordered an enquiry into the incident following a high level meeting held this morning by Minister of State for Home Rajnikant Patel. Pargi said they have not found any tools but it seems the accused were using dinner plates and wood to dig the tunnel.

"They had volunteered for the gardening work around the barrack and under that cover they were dumping the sand extracted from the tunnel into the garden outside," said Jail IG PC Thakur.

"Everyday they used to get three hours free time to do work of their choice and we are suspecting that they might have used that time to dug the tunnel," Thakur added.

With additional information from PTI

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