Prisoner throws chilli powder in constable’s eyes, fails to escape

Gurugram: A prisoner threw chilli powder in the eyes of a policeman in a desperate attempt to escape from the Gurugram Civil Hospital on Friday but he was overpowered by the constable and hospital staff.

Manoj Singh alias Moni was taken to the hospital for a routine check-up. He threw the chilli powder in the eyes of Constable Ram Chandra who had accompanied him.

But despite the attack, Ram Chandra managed to keep holding the accused until security staff of the hospital reached the spot and overpowered him, said police spokesman Subhash Bokan.

The incident took place around 11.30 a.m. when the accused was walking with Ram Chandra in ward number 3 of OPD.

Bokan said the prisoner managed to get hold of the chilli powder but did not attempt anything on the way to the hospital as there were a number of security personnel.

When he was in the ward, he suddenly took out the chilli powder from his pocket and threw it into the constable’s eyes, Bokan said.

CCTV footage scanned by the police showed a suspicious person who could have come to the hospital to facilitate the escape.

The accused is on trial and lodged in the Gurugram district jail on charges of raping a 14-year-old girl on April 19, 2018.