BAITADI: A person being held in police custody for his alleged involved in a robbery has run away from Darchula District Police Office on Saturday.

According to DSP Kedar Khanal of the Darchula DPO, the man on the run has been identified as Dhan Singh Bista (29) of Sunsera-3.

The man escaped on Saturday between 1 pm to 4 pm. "He broke the padlock of the custody and fled," DSP Khanal said.

He added that action has been taken against five police officers who were on duty at the time Bista fled.

Bista was arrested on February 6, a day after the robbery in Sunsera, from district headquarters in Khalanga. He had been detained for further investigation ever since.

It has been learned that Bista was a former convict and had served three months' sentence on charges related to possession of hashish.