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Prisoners in India throw chilli powder in guards’ eyes in a bid to escape

Thirteen prisoners managed to escape their guards by hurling chilli powder at their eyes, authorities in India said.

The prisoners staged the get-away outside a prison in Chaibasa, Jharkhand, one of India’s poorest states, on Tuesday.

Police opened fire to try to stop the men running away.

Jharkhand police spokesman Anurag Gupta told AFP: "Two prisoners facing trial who tried to escape were killed and 13 others managed to flee."

Fifty-four prisoners were being transported from court back to jail when fifteen of them made a bid for freedom.

Said police superintendent N.K. Singh: "They were being brought back to the jail when some prisoners threw chilli powder (at their guards) to escape."

Police said the state’s borders have been sealed and a massive manhunt has been launched for the escaped prisoners.

Source: AFP

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