Khonsa: The police in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district were taken for a spin after a convict managed to flee from the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) courtroom here on Tuesday.

Officials said, Noktey Ruttum, a native of Old Paniduria Village in Tirap, who had come to the court for a hearing on the day, fled from the courtroom as the judgement was being pronounced against him to escape detention.

Noktey, a former police official and the habitual offender was booked under sections 448/384/506 of the IPC for extorting money from businessmen and locals at gunpoint. He is also a drug addict, officials said.

Tirap superintendent of police Kardak Riba, who was informed about the incident at around 01.30 pm on Tuesday, immediately directed the officers’ in-charge of all police stations to block all probable escape routes and carry out a rigorous search at nakas to apprehend the escaped convict.

All intelligence and local sources were also put on alert to trace him out.

The sources on Wednesday reported that Noktey was spotted somewhere near the engineer colony in Khonsa following which the SP formed two teams, one led by inspector W. Kamhua and the other headed by sub-inspector O. Ronrang.

All probable escape routes were blocked by deploying sufficient nakas and the two teams started a combing operation from opposite ends in the general area of engineer, medical and Patkai colonies. During the process the convict was successfully cordoned and apprehended, officials said.

He was produced before the court again on Wednesday after which he was sent to judicial custody. A fresh case under section 224 of the IPC has been registered against him for the fleeing episode, officials added.

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