Suresh Kumar, a 30-year-old accused in dowry harassment case, gave police the blushes by stabbing himself, getting admitted to the hospital and then escaping with the help of his relatives right under their nose.
A resident of Mini Bakshi Garden, Kumar was picked up by the Cottonpet police from Mysore Road on May 12, in a dowry harassment case filed against him by his wife.
A police team led by Sub-Inspector L Nagraj was escorting Suresh from his house to the station for questioning, when he picked up an iron rod lying on the roadside and stabbed himself.
The police rushed him to Victoria Hospital, where he was treated at the outpatient ward. He was discharged after a few hours and taken into custody again.
The police were waiting for private transport outside the hospital when Kumar's mother and sister came and created a ruckus blaming the police for their kin's condition.
While Nagraj and his men tried to pacify the bawling relatives, the mother and sister stealthily got Kumar into an autorickshaw on the pretext of enquiring about his health and then sped away. Efforts to chase the vehicle proved futile.
Nagraj, attached to the Cottonpet police station, filed a complaint with the Victoria Hospital police.
He immediately informed his seniors and set out on a manhunt for Kumar and his family, but in vain.
After searching for four days, Nagraj decided to file a formal complaint.
The Victoria Hospital police said that they were looking for Kumar.
"We have deployed plainclothes policemen near his residence to keep a tab on his family, but none of them who visited Kumar at the hospital is to be seen," a source from the police said.