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Prisoner gives slip to police in Punjab

Faridkot: A prisoner, serving life sentence, escaped from police custody at a civil hospital here, police said today.

Balvir Singh (35) was brought to the hospital yesterday for treatment. He managed to escape by dodging the jail staff, they said.

A resident of Ganganagar, Rajasthan, Balvir was arrested in 2008 on murder charge and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment by a Muktsar court.

He had been in Model Jail Chandigarh since 2012, police added.