Palembang Police are on the hunt for 25 out of 30 detainees who escaped from their cells through the ventilation system early on Sunday. The police said all escapees had been detained in relation to drug cases.  

As of noon on Sunday, the police had caught five escapees.

 “We’re hunting down the remaining 25,” said chief Sr. Comr. Didi Hayamansyah on Sunday.

The police said firm measures would be taken if the 25 jailbreakers on the run defied rearrest. Pictures and names of the remaining 25 escapees have been released.

A detainee had informed a police officer that his fellow detainees had escaped at 2:50 a.m. on Sunday.  The officer later discovered that three cells housing drug detainees had been opened. Out of 40 detainees, 30 escaped.  

They found that iron bars covering the ventilation system were broken, forming a 30 by 40 centimeter hole.

South Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Supriadi said he had yet determine the mastermind behind the jailbreak. He said CCTV cameras at the detention center had not been working since May 1.  

“The five people that were rearrested were silent during interrogation,” he said. (evi)