Kerala man escapes from police custody, nabbed within hours

According to police, the 21-year-old man was known for creating trouble under the influence of liquor.
Image used for representational purposes only.
Image used for representational purposes only. (File Photo | EPS)

KOCHI: A man detained for assault gave police the slip at Ernakulam General Hospital after a medical check-up in the early hours of Thursday. Officers, however, managed to catch Vishal alias Anankunju, a resident of Elamkulam’s Corporation Colony, a few hours later from near his residence.

According to police, the 21-year-old was known for creating trouble under the influence of liquor. On Tuesday night, Vishal created a ruckus in front of an eatery near Ernakulam Junction railway station. He attacked a person having food and stabbed him in the face using a sharp object. Ernakulam Central police booked him for voluntarily causing hurt using a dangerous weapon. Vishal was taken into custody on Wednesday.

“He was taken to Ernakulam General Hospital for medical examination as part of the arrest procedure. Two civil officers had accompanied him. After the procedure, as he was being escorted back into the police vehicle, he shoved off an officer and made a run for it. Although the two cops attempted to chase him down, Vishal managed to outrun them,” an officer said.

Police registered a separate case for escaping from lawful custody and started a search for Vishal. All police stations in the city were alerted. Officers examined CCTV visuals and monitored his relatives and friends. “Later, we received information that he was seen near his house and he was nabbed in the morning. He was later remanded in judicial custody,” an officer said.

Last week, in a similar incident, a detained thief managed to get away from Aluva police. When taken into custody, he told officers that he had consumed poison and managed to escape when being taken to Ernakulam Medical College Hospital in Kalamassery. Two days later, he was arrested from Kottayam.

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