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Madhya Pradesh: COVID infected robbery accused escapes from a hospital in Damoh

04:05 PM Aug 11, 2020 | PTI

A 28-year-old man allegedly involved in ATM robberies escaped from a hospital where he was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.

Devendra Patel, a kingpin of a gang that looted Rs 46 lakh from ATMs, fled from the district hospital on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, Damoh superintendent of police Hemant Chauhan said.

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Jail personnel were deployed at the hospital to guard the accused who had tested positive for the infection after his arrest last month, the official said, adding that a hunt has been launched to nab the escapee.

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Patel, a civil engineering graduate, was the mastermind of the six-member gang that had robbed seven ATMs in Damoh, Panna, Jabalpur and Katni districts with the help of explosives.

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