Two undertrials, both brothers, have gone missing from the Ludhiana Central Jail since last evening, following which Punjab minister for jails Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa ordered an inquiry into the matter.
The two were facing trial in separate criminal cases of theft and under the NDPS Act.
The officer said that during a routine head-count in the jail at 8 pm on Sunday evening, the officials found the two prisoners missing.
The jail authorities immediately informed the police.
Investigations are in progress, Lamba said.
In a statement in Chandigarh today, Randhawa said fleeing of the prisoners from the jail is a very serious matter and warned of strict action against anyone found responsible for it.
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