Gangster Hyder’s aide Yakub arrested

Cuttack: Twin City Commissionerate Police today arrested dreaded gangster Hyder’s associate Yakub Khan who had surrendered before police yesterday. The gangster had on April 10 escaped from SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, where he was undergoing treatment under police custody.

Yakub used to visit Hyder at the hospital during the latter’s treatment and bring food for him. When interrogated, Yakub said he was not aware of Hyder’s intention of escaping.

Hyder, who had been serving life term at the Sambalpur Circle Jail in a murder case, was admitted to the surgery department of SCB Hospital on March 23, 2021 for treatment. He was kept at cabin no. 5 of the surgery department.

As per a complaint filed by Jail Guard Md. Mousim at Mangalabag police station in Cuttack, Hyder’s son, brother, nephew, brother-in-law and son-in-law used to visit the gangster at the cabin frequently.

Mousim further stated that around 4:30 PM on April 10 when he was on the duty to guard Hyder, relatives of Hyder came closer to the complainant and threw a poisonous substance. Subsequently, he fell unconscious.

When Mousim regained consciousness, he along with other jail guards searched for Hyder but in vain.

Apart from Mousim, five other jail guards were engaged by the Sambalpur Circle jail to keep a watch on Hyder. The complainant said the jail guards were working on rotation to guard the gangster.

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