At least five juvenile prisoners escaped from a remand home in Patna’s Purnea on Wednesday after killing the caretaker and a fellow inmate, the police said. The caretaker, Vijendra Kumar, and an inmate, Saroj Kumar, were shot dead while two other juvenile prisoners, Gaurav Sahni and Rohit Kumar, were injured as gunshots were fired by a group of boys lodged inside the remand home who opened the gate and fled the spot after the attack, Superintedent of Police Vishal Sharma said.
According to remand home's guard Suraj Kumar, the group of five juvenile prisoners escaped from the remand home soon after the incident. It was being investigated how the inmates got access to a firearm, the SP said, adding that efforts were on to trace them.
The injured inmates have been admitted to hospital.
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NDTV reported that one of the five inmates is the son of a local JD-U leader while another has a long criminal history.
The report added that the inmates were furious after the warden found a cough syrup that they allegedly used to consume as an intoxicant during an inspection of the home. The warden then approached the local juvenile justice board with a request to move the five inmates to another shelter, which was approved on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)