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Monday, 2 July, 2001, 09:11 GMT 10:11 UK
Rebel jailbreak in Tripura
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By Subir Bhaumik in Calcutta

Eleven prisoners have escaped from a jail in India's north-eastern state of Tripura after overpowering prison guards.

Four of the guards were seriously injured when they tried to prevent the jail break at Udaipur town in the southern part of the state.

Most of the escaped prisoners belonged to the state's largest rebel group, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).

Officials said the rebels were sneaking out of the jail at midnight when they were challenged by the guards.

They attacked the guards with bricks and sticks, injuring four of them seriously.

Other guards soon joined in and fired at the prisoners but by then the rebels had already escaped.

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Officials said police at Udaipur town had launched a massive search operation for the escaped prisoners but so far it has not been successful.

The district magistrate for south Tripura, Rakesh Ranjan, said he has ordered an enquiry into the jail break.

He said jail officials and prison guards were also being questioned and anyone found guilty would be punished.

This is the biggest jail break in Tripura in recent years.

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