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After a drug case suspect escapes from a hospital in Pune, 9 cops are suspended

According to sources, nine police officers have been suspended after a drug case suspect ran away from a state-run hospital in Pune, Maharashtra.

A cell phone was discovered to have been accessible to the accused, Lalit Patil, while he was hospitalized, a police officer said on Tuesday. Patil had been imprisoned for approximately a year.

He was just identified in a new case three days ago and is accused of selling narcotics even while receiving treatment. The official claimed that 10 police teams had been organized to find him.

Patil had been receiving treatment at the Sassoon general hospital in the city for the previous three months while being held in the nearby Yerwada prison. On Monday night, when he was being brought for X-ray imaging, he fled.

According to an official, four more police officers were suspended when it was discovered that the accused was using a mobile phone while in the medical ward, and five police officers were suspended for lack of vigilance.

The Anti-Narcotics Cell of the Pune Police detained one Subhash Mandal on September 30 in front of the Sassoon hospital with two kilos of mephedrone worth Rs 2 crore.

He admitted to authorities that he obtained the pills from Patil by way of Rauf Shaikh, a cafeteria worker at the hospital.

Then, in a case reported to Bundgarden police station, Mandal, Shaikh, and Patil were charged under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

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