A planned escape from the Mahara jail, by 25 remand prisoners, was foiled by alert guards on Wednesday night, resulting in the transfer of 16 hardcore prisoners being immediately transferred to Welikade.
Among the prisoners, who had planned to escape, are suspected underworld figures including drug peddlers, members of robber gangs and some suspected of being responsible for organised crime.
According to the Commissioner General of Prisons Rumy Marzook the prisoners, who had planned to escape, had sawn through the iron bars in their cells with an improvised blade made by sharpening a peace of iron. They have planned the escape attempt about two days ago and on the day in question after cutting the iron bars, a soap like substance had been applied to the areas that were cut, so that the guards would not notice the marks on the iron bars.
Marzook said the inmates had planned to escape around midnight, but before that alert Prison authorities got to know about their plan.
A jailor said the prisoners had created a big din in their cells in order to drown the sound of the cell bars being cut.
Investigations are being carried out to ascertain whether there was any inside support for the escape attempt.