The incident was caught on CCTV cameras installed in the area. A video of the incident is doing rounds on social media.
It can be seen in the video that the accused were inside a police van that was stationed outside the court and was left unguarded, as the police officers escorting them allegedly stopped for a tea break.
Taking advantage of the situation the accused opened the door of the van and escaped.
3 accused came out of the police van and fled
The video that is going viral on social media shows that the three accused come out of the police van and start running on the road after breaking free.
As per reports, there were around seven accused inside the van when the incident occurred.
Around 11 police officers were taking the seven prisoners
The incident occurred in broad daylight, at around 1.40 PM on Tuesday, when around 11 police officers were taking the seven prisoners for appearance at the Railway Court in Jhansi.
The accused who fled from the police custody were in jail over accusation of theft of mobile phones at railway station. The accused have been identified as Brijendra (27), Shailendra (20) and Gyanprasad (23).
They were all jailed for stealing valuables on railway stations.
Prisoners are still on the run
The prisoners who escaped are still on the run and the police says that all the accused will be arrested soon. The police said a case has been registered in connection with the matter.
Eight police officers, including three sub-inspectors have been suspended and an inquiry has been initiated against them for negligence during a government job.
Action initiated against the police officers
A committee has also been formed to investigate the matter and another two teams have been formed to nab the accused who are on the run.
There are reports that the team is scanning the CCTV footage of the cameras installed in the area and the other areas where the absconding accused could have run.
The team has conducted search operations in Madhya Pradesh and also rounded up the relatives of the accused.
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