Four prisoners undergoing COVID-19 treatment in government hospital gone missing in India early Thursday. The four prisoners were admitted to the hospital over the past 15 days, after they tested positive for COVID-19, police said.
The four prisoners are missing form the prison ward of the hospital. They are suspected to be within the hospital premises.
"Searches are underway in different floors of the hospital.... They bent the iron rods of washroom window and climbed down using bedsheets at around 2 am. We are checking the wards and also trying to find out if they jumped over from the compound of the hospital," a senior police official said.
As of now prisoners are missing from the prison ward, which is located on second floor of the hospital, he said adding " We are suspecting that they may be inside the hospital premises only.... So far we did not any evidence that they jumped the wall and got outside."
Everyone at the hospital's entry and exit point is captured by the CCTV footage and four of them did not leave the building, he said.
Prison ward's corridor, where currently 29 prisoners, including the four missing are taking treatment has been cordoned off by locking the entry and exit doors.