Hoax caller escapes from TN policemen
Chennai: A hoax caller, accused of misinforming the Christian Medical College (CMC) and Hospital in Vellore that a bomb would go off on the campus last year, escaped from police custody while on way to be produced before a court in Madhya Pradesh.
Sources said, Syed Ahmed Ali (35) from Tripura was arrested by the Vellore police for making a phone call stating that bombs had been planted on the CMC premises. The incident took place in October 2015.
This morning, reports said, Ali, who was being escorted by five Tamilnadu policemen to a court in Lucknow, had escaped. They were on a train at Itarsi when Ali allegedly fled from their custody.
In the hoax call case, the police cracked down on Ali after verifying the SIM cards in Ali's possession and found that he had used one of them to make the prank call to the CMC hospital.
Inquiries revealed that he had made similar prank calls to vital installations in Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh, including the Taj Mahal and the Ajmer dargah in Rajasthan. Earlier reports said Ali was arrested based on a tip-off by the Lucknow police who had been chasing Ali.
Vellore superintendent of police P K Senthilkumari led a team into the Ambur city to catch the culprit after Lucknow police passed on information that Ali was hiding on Umar Street in Ambur. After conducting searches on newcomers from other States in the area, they zeroed in on Ali's hideout.
The police soon nabbed him and seized a mobile phone and eight SIM cards. They confirmed his identity after sharing his photograph with the Lunknow police. In his defence, Ali told the police that he came to Vellore for medical treatment. However, he got angry after the treatment was delayed. This prompted Ali to make the hoax calls and create a flutter.
The Vellore police booked a case against him and he was soon remanded in judicial custody. Later, he had to be tried in a Lucknow court and was taken there when he escaped.