Watch: 12 prisoners escape from Lahore court lockup in presence of police  

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LAHORE – A dozen prisoners managed to escape from a lockup at the district court of Lahore’s Model Town on Monday after a brawl erupted between two groups of inmates.

SSP Operations Mustansar Feroze said that a total of 166 prisoners from two prisons were brought to the bakshi khana – a lockup on the court premises to detain suspects temporarily – when the scuffle broke out.

The scuffle erupted inside the lockup where prisoners broke chairs to make sticks out of them. As police opened the lockup, they all came out with some started clashing with policemen.

A footage of the incident showed that policemen were present when some of the prisoners managed to escape taking benefit of the brawl.

SSP said that prisoners, who have fled, were facing charges of robbery, drug dealing and theft. He said that two of the inmates have been arrested while raids are being conducted to round up the others.

Meanwhile, Punjab Inspector General Rao Sardar Ali Khan has taken notice of the incident. He has suspended DSP Asad Mahmood over negligence and sought a report from Lahore CCPO.

He has also ordered an inquiry against policemen deputed at the court.

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