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New Delhi: Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the escape of two prisoners from Tihar jail while the central government sought a report from jail officials on the incident.

Jail authorities too initiated an internal probe into the escape of undertrials Faizan, 19, and Javed alias Rinku, 18, from the high-security jail No.7 on June 27 evening.

There were different accounts of what exactly happened.

The Lt. Governor ordered District Magistrate (south west) Ankur Garg to conduct an inquiry into “wall break, digging of tunnel and escape of prisoners” from the jail while Tihar Jail Deputy Inspector General Mukesh Prasad told IANS that the prisoners did not dig any tunnel or break any wall.

“The two accused somehow escaped by scaling the jail wall after stepping on a pile of debris dumped by PWD workers while constructing a road here,” Prasad told IANS.

According to Prasad, an initial probe by jail authorities revealed that the two inmates fled from barrack No.5 in Block 1 of Ward no.4 inside jail No.7 on June 27 evening.

“The duo first went to jail No.8. It seems the two climbed the debris piled up near the wall of jail No.8, after which one of them got on to the others’ shoulder and reached the top of the wall. He then pulled the other one with the help of a towel,” Prasad said.

The Tihar DIG said that after jumping over the wall, the two jumped into a canal near jail No.7. While Javed swam across and scaled another wall to make good his escape, Faizan was caught near the canal.

Prasad told IANS that the duo was present during the morning headcount on June 27, but the two were found missing during the evening roll call.

“An alarm was raised after they were found missing. Every ward and barrack was checked. Meanwhile, our team caught Faizan while he was trying to cross the canal,” he said.

Prasad said that both the inmates were facing trial for robbery, theft, attempt to dacoity and others.

“They were among 21 Muslim youths kept in a special ‘roza’ ward in Barrack No.5 so that they could offer prayers during Ramadan,” he said.

The DIG said that jail authorities initiated an internal inquiry under the supervision of superintendent of jail No.3, M.K. Dwivedi.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought a report into the incident.

Jung said that the magisterial inquiry, to be completed within a week, would look into the factors and circumstances leading to the escape of two inmates, review comprehensively the security set-up of Delhi prisons, fix responsibility for the lapses that led to the escape and suggest remedial measures for the prison administration to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

Prasad said that Faizan of Deoli in south Delhi was lodged in the jail on June 24, while Javed of Madanpur Khadar, also in south Delhi, was brought in earlier on June 2.

“Faizan was lodged here for the first time in November 2014 on a theft charge but was bailed out in December last. However, Javed was lodged here more than two times in the past,” the DIG said.  (IANS)

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The decision will apply to about two lakh diesel vehicles on Delhi roads, a statement from Jung's office said

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New Delhi. November 8, 2016: Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday ordered de-registration of diesel vehicles that are 15 years old or more to battle unprecedented smog levels that have turned the national capital into a virtual “gas chamber”.

The decision will apply to about two lakh diesel vehicles on Delhi roads, a statement from Jung’s office said.

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Jung also banned bursting of firecrackers during weddings and other social occasions and ordered shutting down of all polluting industries in Delhi.

A statement from Jung’s office said the firecracker ban will not apply to religious functions.

The decisions were taken at a meeting at the Raj Niwas here to discuss the serious air pollution levels in Delhi.

Jung also ordered no entry into Delhi for overloaded trucks and those not destined for the national capital with immediate effect.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and Environment Minister Imran Hussain, apart from senior government officials.

Kejriwal had described the high pollution levels in the capital as like a “gas chamber”.

Environmental experts Sunita Narain and Anumita Roy from Centre for Science and Environment and Prof. Manju Mohan from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi also participated.

“In two days, a system to turn away overloaded and trucks not destined for Delhi will be worked out,” the statement said.

Jung emphasised the need to take extraordinary measures to tackle pollution and said all concerned must come together on the issue.

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He said measures announced by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday to curb pollution should be immediately implemented.

The Delhi government on Sunday unveiled a slew of steps, including closure of all schools for three days and a ban on construction and demolition work for five days.

Jung ordered municipal authorities and Delhi Police to ensure strict enforcement of the ban and extended it till November 14.

“The Delhi government shall be issuing advertisements to this effect,” the statement said.

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Jung ordered strict enforcement of the ban on burning of dry leaves and garbage in the open, asking the agencies concerned to intensify their drive and take action against violators.

Municipal authorities were asked to take all measures to control fires at landfill sites.

The national capital continued to suffer from “severe” air quality on Monday, though the smog cover thinned somewhat.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research showed that PM2.5 and PM10 breached the 500 mark in most locations on Monday afternoon as well.

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Particulate Matter less than 10 micrometres in diameter (PM10) is so small that it can get into lungs, likely causing serious health problems.

Particulate Matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM2.5) is produced by burning fuels. (IANS)