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India: Maoist Jailbreak

Posted by Rosa Harris on December 16, 2007

110 Maoists escape from Dantewada jail

RAIPUR: In a daring jailbreak, 299 inmates including 110 naxal
activists escaped from the Dantewada jail in Chattisgarh after prison
guards were overpowered in a planned action in which three guards and
two undertrials were injured during firing and clashes.

The incident happened around 4.35 PM when the inmates were being
served food after a lone naxalite commandar Sujit Kumar overpowered a
jail guard inside the prison and snatched his weapon.

Kumar then fired and injured three other guards, Dantewada jail
sources said. As many as 377 inmates are in the district prison, about
375 km from the state capital, which is located in a naxal infested area.

The naxals snatched six rifles of the guards and one wireless set
belonging before they fled.

Rahul Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Dantewada said the jail break
was a “pre-medidated conspiracy” hatched by the undertrials who were
mostly naxal supporters.

A search operation has been launched.

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