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.