A 24-YEAR-OLD man arrested by the Pune City Police in Cyber Crime on charges of posting obscene content on Instagram about a woman and giving her death threats, fled from the police custody when he was brought to the Out Patient Department (OPD) of the Sassoon General Hospital on Sunday morning.
Late in the day, the two police constables in whose guard he was brought to the hospital, were placed under suspension pending an inquiry. Police officers said that the suspect identified as Marshal Louis Lilakar (24), a resident of Dhondiba Datir Chawl in Akurdi, was arrested by the Cyber crime police station of Pune City Police on February 9. The incident took place around 8 am on Sunday in the OPD of the Sassoon Hospital.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber and Economic Offences Wing) Vikrant Deshmukh said that the suspect was brought to Sassoon General Hospital on Sunday morning for a check up after he complained of medical issues. “A search has been launched for the suspect.” He said.
Another officer said that in the early hours of Sunday, Lilakar began complaining of chest pain. A team from the Cyber Crime Police station brought him to the hospital. Officials said that the suspect had not yet been admitted but was at Ward Number 40, which is an OPD section for check up. Sometime before he was to be examined, he gave managed to escape. When the police team realised that he was gone, a search was launched but he could not be found on the hospital premises, officials said.
The exact circumstances under which the suspect escaped were not divulged by the police officials probing the case.
However, a senior officer said that an inquiry has been initiated into the role and response of the on duty police guards in the incident. The two police constables on the guard duty were placed under suspension pending the inquiry.
Officials said that Lilakar was arrested after a woman filed a complaint with the Cyber crime police station about an Instagram post by him in which he had written obscene messages about her and also gave her death threats. The post also glorified an accused arrested in the case of a murder, an officer said.
In the first week of October last year notorious drug cartel kingpin Lalit Patil who was admitted to a dedicated ward for prison inmates at Sassoon Hospital, had escaped. He was rearrested by Mumbai police two weeks later.
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First uploaded on: 11-02-2024 at 12:05 IST