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17 prisoners escape while being taken to Chaibasa court; 14 police official suspended

Dec 09, 2014 04:58 PM IST India India

Chaibasa: Over 17 prisoners on Tuesday tried to escape from jail van while they were being taken back from court to jail in Chaibasa, Jharkhand.

In an attempt to stop the prisoners , police opened fire on them that left two of the absconding prisoner dead while three others critically injured. Other 12 managed to escape from the spot.

The police van carrying 54 prisoners back to jail was fired upon at the jail gate by unidentified criminals.

Police has launched hunt to arrest the absconding prisoners.

"Inquiry has been ordered into the incident, total 15 naxals were in the police van and around 7-8 naxals have managed to flee. Two naxals were killed while trying to escape and rest have been caught." said Rajeev Kumar, Jharkhand DGP.

14 jail officials suspended after the incident.