Md Israel, an accused in the Seraikela jailbreak case, has been arrested on Friday.
The police said Israel, in his mid thirties, was the man who drove away Maoist inmates from the prison on an SUV on August 17 last year. “He (Israel) has accepted his complicity in the case,” said Chandil police station officer-in-charge Arvind Singh.
According to the police, Israel, picked up from Rangaon village in Chandil, is one of the aides of the dreaded Naxalite leader Balram Sahu alias David, currently lodged in the Seraikela jail.
David, the mastermind of the jailbreak, was arrested by Jamui (Bihar) police on January 3 and was brought here on transit remand and sent to Seraikela jail following his production at the Seraikela CJM court on January 5. On August 17, David had fled the Seraikela-Kharsawan jail along with another hardcore Naxalite, Somra Hansda, flashing gun at prison officials at the jail-gate.
Later, following a probe carried out by inspector general (prison) Vijay Kumar Singh, it was established that David had managed to obtain a pistol from one of a home-guard jawan deputed on the prison’s watch-tower duty.
David had also managed to involve some of the jail officials in the conspiracy for fleeing the divisional jail.