Hyder was nabbed after 120-hour long operation: Police Commissioner
Bhubaneswar: After 120-hour long operation, Odisha Police intercepted and arrested notorious gangster Sheikh Hyder, who had managed to escape from SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack on April 10. The gangster was intercepted by the Odisha Police team on Thursday evening in Sangareddy district in Telangana while he was moving on a motorcycle with another person.
Addressing mediapersons here on Friday, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police Soumendra Priyadarshi said Hyder, convicted for life for murder, escaped from the Surgery ward of the SCB Medical on April 10 after giving food laced with sedatives to the constable guarding him.
Giving details of the arrest, the Police Commissioner said Hyder came to SCB Medical, Cuttack on March 23 from Sambalpur. He escaped from the hospital on April 10 between 4 pm and 4.30 pm.
Priyadarshi said Commissionerate Police was informed about his escape after 7 pm. The three-hour gap gave Hyder enough time to flee and a challenge for the police to arrest him.
Earlier, since he was arrested from Maharashtra, police suspected that this time also he might have fled to some State. Accordingly, police teams were sent to Maharashtra, Telangana, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. Priyadarshi said police interrogated his associates and also got crucial information from surveillance and cyber teams.
After interrogating Yakub Khan, one of his associates who was arrested after he surrendered before Chauliganj police, Odisha Police came to know that Hyder had left the State by road. The Police Commissioner said they received specific information on April 11 that Hyder had left for Telangana. On the basis of this information, two police teams were sent to Telangana. The two teams, led by Badambadi IIC and Chauliganj IIC, with the help of police teams of Hyderabad and Sangareddy district, intercepted Hyder while he was moving on a motorcycle on Thursday evening. He was produced on Thursday night before a local magistrate there. Police then brought him on transit remand to Bhubaneswar and took him to Cuttack for interrogation.
The Commissioner of Police said seven persons, including three women, were detained in connection with the escape of Hyder and are being interrogated.
Priyadarshi said the police will investigate and find out who had helped Hyder to escape from the hospital and if there was any conspiracy behind his escape from the hospital. The gangster is serving life imprisonment in connection with the murder of businessman Rashmi Ranjan Mohapatra in 2015. He was also convicted in the murder of one Seikh Chunu, Priyadarshi said.