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Cops put cuffs back on escaped criminal

Two months back, accused James Naidu had punched two constables and fled with his handcuffs still on; cops traced him to Chennai and arrested him again on Tuesday

Cops must have exceptionally relished the moment they managed to put the handcuffs back on this man. Bangur Nagar police have managed to nab a man who had accomplished the rare feat of escaping from police custody, two months back.


Back behind bars: Bangur Nagar cops had first arrested James Naidu
on charges of cheating on October 10. He managed to flee the station
five days later, but cops traced him and nabbed him again on Tuesday.
0PIC/Khan Samiullah


James Naidu (25) escaped on October 15, when two constables were accompanying him to the toilet in the police station, where he had been kept in custody.

On his way, he reportedly punched both the constables, and made a dash for freedom, while his hands were still cuffed. After trying to trace him for two months, cops finally laid hands on him in Chennai, on Tuesday.

Naidu had been arrested on charges of cheating many locals of the Goregaon (West) area. He extracted money from his victims on the false pretext of giving them jobs in the government sector.

He would then sever all ties with his victims, not responding to their phone calls.

Several cases were registered against Naidu with the Bangur Nagar police on October 10 earlier this year. On the same day, cops nabbed him, producing him at court the following day. He was then remanded in police custody.

The great escape
On the night of October 15, Naidu requested to be taken to the toilet. On his way to the restroom, he assaulted the two constables accompanying him, and fled. Both constables were suspended for their negligence.

Bangur Nagar police then launched a manhunt for Naidu, keeping a close watch on his residence in Bhagat Singh Nagar, Goregaon, where his parents live.

"We came to know that he was making phone calls to his parents from his native place in Chennai. We formed a special team comprising officers and constables, and dispatched them to Chennai," said a police officer of the station. The team nabbed him on Tuesday. 

Naidu was brought back to Mumbai on Tuesday night, and produced at court yesterday. The court has remanded him in police custody till December 26. Bangur Nagar cops are now investigating cases registered against him previously.

Con artist
Naidu had been arrested on charges of cheating many locals of the Goregaon (West) area.

He extracted money from his victims on the false pretext of giving them jobs in the government sector. He would then sever all ties with his victims, not responding to their phone calls.

The escape
On his way to the toilet, Naidu reportedly punched both the constables, and made a dash for freedom, while his hands were still cuffed.

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