Bengaluru: A panic-stricken juvenile, housed in an observation home launched an escape bid just because he had turned 18 and was hence not eligible to live in the observation home. The juvenile, who has the record of having managed to escape the home six times in the past successfully, met failure on his seventh bid, last week!
Veeramani alias Akkasale was lodged at the observation home in southern Bengaluru on burglary charges in 2017 after he was caught stealing valuables from a house in Amruthahalli police station limits. He was sent to the juvenile home as he was still a minor.
Veeramani, an expert in breaking locks had recently turned 18 and on realising that he may soon be sent to a prison and then escaping the tight security would be next to impossible, he launched an escape bit. However, alert officer thwarted his bid.
It is said that in a desperate bid, he bribed the home guard and got a few axe blades and cut the grilles of a bathroom window. He had finished 90 per cent of the job when the authorities caught him red-handed around 11.50 pm on January 4.
It is said that a juvenile housed in the centre had tipped off the authorities about Veeramani's plan during a counselling session. A complaint has been filed at the Madiwala police station against Veeramani and the home guard under IPC sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 120B (whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable) and 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension).
Forty-one juveniles had escaped from the observation home in 2018. Thirteen of them had escaped on July 31 alone. The group had assaulted a guard and snatched the keys. Ten days earlier, eight juveniles had escaped from a washroom. Presently, 38 juveniles are lodged in the observation home, reported Deccan Herald.
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