A murder accused from Boisar in Palghar district who was handcuffed and being escorted by two police constables to the Thane central prison in a train managed to escape on Wednesday evening from the Vasai railway platform.
Raghu Gaikwad (35) was in the custody of the Boisar MIDC police for allegedly killing his friend early this month. On Wednesday, when produced before the Palghar court he was send to judicial custody. Two policemen U J Varta and V G Ghadve handcuffed Gaikwad and boarded a local train at Palghar railway station. They alighted at Vasai Road to take a bus to the Thane central jail. They missed the bus and decided to return to the Vasai station and travel upto Dadar in a local train.
When the 7.07 pm Dadar train arrived on the platform Gaikwad took advantage of the crowd and escaped from the constables’ custody. The constables raised an alarm but Gaikwad disappeared in the crowd.
A case under section 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful arrest) of the IPC has been registered against Gaikwad with the Vasai Government Railway Police (GRP). A report has been sought from the Boisar-MIDC police before taking action against the two constables. Undertrials and convicts are generally taken to the Thane prison in police vans.