By Marymagdalyn Francis
A Nigerian due for deportation on Monday from an Indian prison, for drug peddling offences has escaped from Anti-Narcotics Cell’s custody.
The 35 year old man, John Okoro had served prison term for selling contraband drugs; few hours to his being deported, jumped from the balcony, on the first floor of the agency’s Azad Maidan office around 2 a.m, after he sought permission to use the toilet.
In a report, the constable guarding him leapt after him but ended up sustaining injuries; he is recovering at the Nagpada police hospital.
The Anti-Narcotics Cell’s Azad Maidan office is close to the local police station and also shares the same compound with the Esplanade court.
A search has been launched by the security operatives to apprehend the convict.
Okoro had lived in Kpoarkhairane, Navi Mumbai; after his prison sentence for offence committed in 2014, he was under the custody of ANC on December 31.
“Around 2am, Okoro told the constable on guard that he wanted to visit the washroom. He was being taken there when he jumped from the balcony. He landed on the asbestos roof, which immediately gave away,” a police officer said. “He ran in the directions of Mahapalika Marg,”
Okoro was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and slippers at the time of escape.
His escape had been reported at the Azad Maidan police, where he would face fresh charges when caught.
*Originally reported by Mumbai Mirror (NAN)