Five inmates, four of whom were allegedly involved in the Karakoram Highway bus carnage in April, managed to escape from jail early Wednesday after breaking the lock of their cell, police and other sources said.
“The incident occurred at about 2:30am in the District Jail Chilas,” Abdul Qadir, a police officer, told The Express Tribune from Chilas, which is about 130 kilometres from Gilgit.
After breaking their cell, the prisoners managed to climb the boundary wall of the jail and flee.
Three of them have been identified as Hashmatullah, Dil Nawaz and Nadir Ali.
They were allegedly involved in the killing of 10 Shia passengers travelling on the KKH from Rawalpindi to Gilgit.
However, another official said that one of the five absconders — Shireen — was accused in another murder case.
Following the incident, the Gilgit-Baltistan government suspended three policemen and launched an inquiry.
According to sources, a special police team has been deputed to catch the runaway prisoners.
Sources said police raided several houses during the day to hunt down the absconders.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2012.
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it is totaly preplaned ..,.,poilce officials are involved themselves otherwise the wall of chillas jail is not easy to climb.
It was likely to happen, knowing the organized wave of terrorism in the country. This proved involvement of a gang rooted in in the Govt institutions like police. What a great planning by those agents to further deface their history
Totally baseless and shame less police of GB. I must ask to Govt of Pakistan and GB police where is the killer of my Elder Brother. because he was innocent and he was a asset of our family and sect. We never believe on sectarian killing we always condemn such brutality. Me and my family need justices.We want my brother killer bring to justice at every cost.