Nabha Jailbreak: Harminder Singh Mintoo promised men money to target Punjab assembly polls, says police

Mintoo’s interrogation revealed that he and Kashmir Singh, who also escaped from Nabha jail, were supposed to meet in Goa, while the others were instructed to meet them later.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published:December 1, 2016 2:08 am
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Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, who escaped from Nabha jail and was arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday, had “motivated” the five others who escaped with him to work for “Khalistan-related activites” in Punjab in exchange for money, police said Wednesday.

Mintoo’s interrogation revealed that he and Kashmir Singh, who also escaped from Nabha jail, were supposed to meet in Goa, while the others were instructed to meet them later.

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Mintoo told police that he had assured a handsome amount to all five criminals for “Khalistan-related activities” during the upcoming Punjab assembly polls. Police said this was also the prime motivation for the jailbreak.

Call detail records of a mobile phone he allegedly used from inside the jail revealed that Mintoo spoke to a KLF commander in Pakistan a month ago, police said. He had also made several calls on Skype to KLF commanders and operatives in Pakistan, police said.

Police sources said he was also in touch with a person belonging to the Khalistan unit in Germany. Mintoo planned to go there eventually.

The last call from his phone was made to the family of one of the inmates. He told police the inmate borrowed his phone to make the call.

Two police officers from Punjab along with Delhi Police Special Cell officers interrogated Mintoo on Wednesday. Mintoo told police he had received Rs 30,000 from one Tejindra Sharma, owner of a sweet shop in Nabha. Punjab Police have already arrested Sharma in connection with the case.