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Malda: A Bangladeshi prisoner, allegedly involved in robberies in several Bengal districts, has fled from the Malda Medical College and Hospital.

Safikul Islam (35), a resident of Nagaon district in Bangladesh, was arrested in Kaliachak police station jurisdiction in Malda last month.

On 8 March, while being taken by train to Howrah in connection with the investigation into a crime in which he is an accused, Safikul fell ill. He was admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital the next day and was lodged in the first-floor jail ward meant for under-trial and jailed prisoners.

Policemen guard the jail ward round the clock. Yet as the day dawned today, Safikul was found missing from his bed. A police guard who joined the duty this morning discovered this and subsequently found out that the Bangladeshi prisoner has fled by cutting open a window grille in the ward. He used a rope to climb down.

The escape has pointed out laxity in the vigil that police keep on the jail ward. It is suspected that some insider in the hospital may have provided the prisoner the rope in lieu of money.

Police have launched a manhunt for Safikul but failed to achieve a success till this evening. It suspected that he has crossed over to his homeland Bangladesh.