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India gangster escapes police after apparently drugging guards

Published on Dec 26, 2013 5:23 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - An Indian gangster linked to dozens of murders escaped from police custody after apparently serving food laced with sedatives to officers guarding him, police and local media reports said on Thursday.

Vikram Paras, 27, carried out the daring escape as four armed officers were escorting him from the busy Old Delhi Railway Station in the capital early on Wednesday, a local officer said.

Paras, allegedly involved in dozens of cases of murder, extortion and robbery, was being brought back to Delhi by train after a court appearance at Bhatinda in neighbouring Punjab state.

"He is a desperate contract killer. We have launched an investigation based on the information that we have as of now. We are hopeful of nabbing him soon," Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told AFP.

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