Gaya (PTI): Seven naxalites, including a top commander accused in the Jehanabad jailbreak case, made an abortive bid to escape from the central jail here, but were caught in the act.
Kirani Yadav, a zonal commander of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), and six of his comrades, lodged in the high-security prison, opened the locks of their cell with the help of duplicate keys last night, Superintendent of Police Amit Jain told PTI.
As they were about to climb over the jail walls with ropes, a guard sighted them and raised an alarm, Jain added.
The seven pounced upon the guard and beat him up mercilessly, but soon the warders rushed to his help, overpowered all of them and forced them back into a cell.
An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, particularly to ascertain how the prisoners came to have duplicate keys and ropes to facilitate their escape.
Kirani Yadav is one of the main accused of the Jehanabad jailbreak case on November 13, 2005 in which hundreds of naxalites were freed during a raid by the Maoist guerrillas.
He is also an accused in the case of shooting down and burning four policemen at Paraia police station in 2003 and looting six rifles and several rounds of ammunition.
Sehwag had reprieves at 16 and 92 but it was a vintage stuff from the Delhi dasher who peppered the offside region with brutal strokes in a knock of 113 off just 78 deliveries with 18 fours and two sixes in it.
Sehwag chose to leave all niceties behind in the dressing room and came out with a brutalising intent. He began by smashing three fours off left-arm paceman Perera.
He was lucky on 16 when he was let off at square leg but thereafter proved a scourge to the home bowling.
Sehwag was particularly harsh on Perera whose line outside the off-stump was to the batsman's liking. He wasn't soft on right-hander's either, squeezing out 10 runs in Adam Ritchard's first over.
Leg-spinner Ryan Bulger wilted under the assault after he was hit for 10 runs in his first over.
Sehwag completed his half century from 38 balls, lofting Bulger for a six over extra cover but was lucky on 92 when a mid-on fielder let him off.
Sehwag's three-figure knock was finally raised when he flicked Ritchard for four, celebrating the moment with one through point and a massive six.
Kaarthick opened out after Sehwag had left the stage and in contrast to the latter, played several cultured stroke through the off-side. However, he was dismissed just three short of his century when tried to flick spinner Mark Higg on the onside and missed the line of the delivery.Kaarthick batted for 197 minutes, faced 152 balls and hit 12 fours.