Cantonment police station on Friday registered a case against 154 prisoners of the DI Khan Central Prison who failed to return to the jail despite the expiration of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government’s deadline.
According to a Cantt police official, Central Prison Superintendent Banyameen Khan Miankhel lodged a case at the police station against the escaped inmates under Section 224-225B of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The provincial government had earlier given a 15-day deadline to the prisoners to return wilfully, adding no action would be taken against them. The deadline expired on September 24.
A total of 130 prisoners returned to the DI Khan Central Prison during the stipulated period, but 154 inmates including those jailed for sectarian and terrorism cases remain at large.
Apart from the 130 offenders who have returned, security forces, in joint operation with police also managed to re-arrest some of the others. On August 17, eight escaped prisoners were arrested from Rana Zai Jahani in Kulachi tehsil of DI Khan.
Over 250 inmates including high-profile Taliban militants escaped from the jail on July 29 when 150 Taliban militants armed with heavy artillery stormed the prison and freed their colleagues before escaping.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2013.