Neemuch: In all seven prisoners, including two convicted for smuggling drugs and others facing trials in murder and rape cases, escaped from jails in two states – Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, police said. As per preliminary investigation, the four prisoners – Nar Singh (20), Pankaj Mongia (21) (both from Rajasthan), and Lekh Ram (29) and Dubey Lal (19) – cut the iron rod of their barrack at the sub-jail located in Kanavati area, just about 5 km from the district headquarters. They then threw a rope across the 22-feet-tall boundary wall of the jail, climbed it with the help of some outside support and sneaked out of the prison compound, jailor R P Vasunai said. Singh, hailing from Udaipur, and Mongia, belonging to Chittor, were earlier convicted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and facing different imprisonments. Ram, a native of neighbouring Mandsaur district in MP, was being tried in a case of loot and murder, while Lal, a resident of the state’s Mandla district, was facing trial in a rape case, Vasunai said. State Director General (Prisons) Sanjay Choudhary declared a bounty of Rs 50,000 on each of the four. Top district officials reached the prison to probe the incident. MP Police has stepped up security in areas bordering Rajasthan, the official said, adding efforts were on to trace the four prisoners. In a seperate incident, three convicts in separate rape cases escaped from the Jhalawar district jail in Rajasthan, police said on Sunday. However, one of the three, all of whom are residents of Jhalawar district, was later traced, they said. The incident took place on Saturday morning when Balmukund Rathore (34) of Dug town, Dinesh Parjapati (25) of Moriyakhedi village and Sohan Kumar Suthar (27) of Pidawa town jumped over the 18-foot-high wall using blankets they brought from the barracks, Deputy Superintendent of Jhalawar district jail Rajpal Singh said. The escape only came to notice during the evening roll call, he said, adding that the inmates have not been traced yet. Four search teams have been sent at various locations including Madhya Pradesh. Other inmates are being inquired so that they may provide details, if any, regarding the discussion among the convicts before they escaped.
“Members of the Security Council expressed deep concern over the recent escalation of violence in Somalia and we urged all countries to resume dialogue within the Transitional Federal Institutions for the sake of the stability of the country and the safety of its people,” Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency, told the press at UN Headquarters in New York.“We also supported all reconciliatory efforts, particularly the efforts made by the African Union and IGAD” the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, she added, urging “all parties – domestic and international – to strictly comply with the arms embargo and avoid any further destabilization.”Ambassador Løj’s comments came after Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh briefed the Council in closed session on the latest developments in Somalia.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonsény Fall, is scheduled to brief the Council next week.Mr. Fall is expected to travel to Hargeisa tomorrow to discuss UN assistance for Somaliland with Somaliland leader Dahir Riyala Kahin and other local authorities, a spokesman for the world body reported today. Among the issues to be discussed is the UN’s continued commitment of support for humanitarian and development activities in that region of Somalia.Ambassador Fall will be accompanied by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.