Amritsar, November 27: On Sunday morning ten heavily armed men broke into the Nabha jail in Punjab and fled away with Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, an accused in 10 cases along with five other inmates. The incident raises several questions on security conditions of jails across poll-bound Punjab. The Narendra Modi government has asked report from Punjab government in Nabha jailbreak. Also Read - Prashant Kishor Appointed as Political Analyst of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
The other five freed from Nabha jail are famous gangsters who are identified as Amandeep Dhothia, Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Sekhon, Neetu Deol and Kasmira Singh. There are reports that the heavily armed men fired 200 round at policemen on duty and in retaliation there were no firing from other side. Also Read - Coronavirus: 5 States Witness Spurt in Cases in 24 Hours, Maharashtra Extends Lockdown in 2 Districts | Key Points
According to Chandigarh Tribune sources, two of the armed gunmen were wearing police uniforms and entered the prison with others who were handcuffed. The gunmen who claimed to be an Assistant Sub Inspector said that they were moving prisoners to the jail. As soon as the gate were opened they snatched rifles of security guards and fired several rounds from the gun and fled away with prisoners from jail corridor. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre, States Discuss Fresh Spurt in Cases; Nationwide Lockdown on Cards Again?
The cops present at the spot said that the gunmen fired 200 rounds at the policemen on duty but nobody was injured during the jailbreak. The entire jailbreak operation lasted for over 20 minutes as the 10 gunmen entered inside the Nabha jail at 8:28 am and left the premises with criminals by 9:01 am. There could be a possible help from within the prison which is also probed by the cops.
A policemen reportedly said, “It seems that the accused who fled from the jail already knew about the break-in. The six accused were prepared to be taken away. The escapees were then put in a SUV car waiting for them outside the jail premises”. Also Read – KLF chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, 4 gangsters escape after Nabha jailbreak, probe launched
The local intelligence and other central security agencies had already alerted the police of a possible jailbreak. But the cops later confirmed that the suspects were heading towards Sadar Samana.
After the accused fled, police teams started chasing the suspects in three different directions. But there were no attempts by the jail officials in retaliation, which is also a part of the probe.
Earlier there were suggestions that the gangsters who were in large number present in Nabha jail should be distributed across several jails instead of having them all in one prison. The state home department discussed it earlier and there was no action taken.
Ropar Police has been asked to grill other gangsters who were recently moved in Nabha. Also Read – Nabha jailbreak: Who is KLF chief Harminder Singh Mintoo?
Harminder Singh Mintoo, chief of Khalistani Liberation Force has been accused of several cases of militancy and was arrested from Delhi airport in November 2014.
He hails from Sarawas Bodla village in Lambi assembly segment and he was recently moved to Nabha jail after a clash with a rival gang in Ropar jail. Cops across Punjab are on high alert and police across bordering states are also kept on alert due to the prison break.
Punjab Director General of Police today afternoon met Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who holds the state’s home ministry, to discuss the development.