CHENNAI: Ten inmates of , Borstal School, a juvenile home in Chennai, including one who was secured in connection with a murder case in Madurai, escaped after assaulting the wardens, late on Wednesday night.
Ezhumalai, (52), and Rajendran, (35), wardens at the Borstal School in Kelly’s, was taking roll call at around 11.30 p.m. When the boys were asked to line up for roll call one of the boys attacked him with an old tube light.
Rajendran suffered bleeding injuries on his forehands. Three other boys managed to wrest the key to the main door from Rajendran after threatening him with a sharp piece of broken tube light against his neck.
Ezhumalai watched helplessly as his colleague was overpowered and the boys made a dash for the door. The four boys, originally from Madurai and booked under separate cases, scaled the compound wall at the rear and escaped after mingling with the crowd at Semmanpettai in Kellys.
Regrouping themselves after the unexpected attack, the wardens ran after the four. Using this opportunity, six other boys from Chennai, who were booked by the city police, escaped.
The Borstal School has 47 juveniles, of which 20 are housed on the ground floor and 27 on the second floor.
Rajendran was admitted to Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMCH). Based on his complaint, Secretariat Colony police have registered a case and have launched a hunt for the missing juveniles.
The search teams have rushed to Chengelpet and Madurai in search of the escaped boys. All the major railway stations along the southern stretch from Chennai have also been brought under surveillance.