The prison authorities denied that there was a lapse, and are recording the statements of guards under whose watch Shaikh was kept.
Mumbai: A 19-year-old under-trial lodged at Byculla prison, who escaped Sunday morning, is yet to be traced by the Nagpada police.
The under-trial, Arif Majid Shaikh, had been arrested by the Bandra GRP for allegedly lifting purses and mobile phones. According to the Nagpada police, the jail CCTV footage showed that Shaikh, who was lodged on the first floor, slid down one of the bamboo poles lying near the prison wall.
The prison authorities denied that there was a lapse, and are recording the statements of guards under whose watch Shaikh was kept. The jail officials came to know of Shaikh’s escape while taking a headcount of inmates at around 5.30pm. Shaikh was lodged in jail since May 3 and kept with other inmates after being remanded to judicial custody for his alleged involvement in a case of theft.
There are around 400 male inmates, while the women’s section houses a few high-profile inmates in the Byculla Jail.