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Rape accused re-arrested within hours of escape

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Jammu: A rape accused was re-arrested from Pathankot in Punjab within hours of his escape from custody here, police said on Tuesday.

Pankaj Gupta, a resident of Sunder Nagar, escaped from police post Talab Tillo in Jammu on Monday by scaling a boundary wall after pushing a sentry while he was out to attend nature’s call.

A police team led by in-charge police post Talab Tillo Sub Inspector Kalicharan swung into action and re-arrested the accused from Pathankot, a police official said.

Gupta was wanted in a rape case registered against him a few days ago and was arrested on Sunday.

However, he escaped police custody the next day with the help of his wife who arranged a two-wheeler for his escape, the official said.

Meanwhile, the police suspended the policeman guarding him and also ordered an inquiry into the incident.

A fresh case was registered against Gupta and his wife who arranged for the vehicle to help him escape police custody, the official added.

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