Six men accused of loot managed to escape from the police custody by bending the iron bars of the lock-up at Jawar police station in the district today, a senior official said.
The incident took place between 2 am and 5 am, the official said.
"The six accused kept in the lock-up on the charge of looting managed to bend the iron rods of the cell's door to escape," Sehore district Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Singh Chandel said.
They were identified as Kalu Singh (23), Jatar Singh (25), Pankaj Singh (23), Babloo (27), Mohabbat Singh (23) and Kalam (25), police said adding that a search has been launched to nab them.
Police have released their photos on the social media and urged people to share information about their whereabouts, Chandel said.
All of them were arrested for allegedly looting two shops in Jawar town, the SP said.