Harminder Singh Mintoo interrogation: Nabha Jailbreak plot was hatched 4 months ago

Mintoo, revealed during interrogation that he was in touch with a Pakistan-based militant and had been given money when he was in jail, police said.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published:November 30, 2016 4:15 am
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The Delhi Police Special Cell has started probing a possible terror plot against the backdrop of Punjab polls, allegedly being hatched by Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo.

Mintoo, who was arrested Monday, revealed during interrogation that he was in touch with a Pakistan-based militant and had been given money when he was in jail, police said.

He also revealed that the jailbreak was planned four months ago, adding that he was getting instructions on his mobile phone, which he had access to inside the jail. Mintoo has reportedly admitted to being in touch with Lahore-based KLF commander Harmeet Singh alias Happy, who is wanted by Punjab Police.

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Happy was active in Punjab till 2014, but fled to Lahore after Mintoo was arrested from Delhi’s IGI Airport.

Mintoo was using a mobile phone from inside jail and both used to call each other and talked on several occasions, said a Punjab Police source. Sources said that around Rs 30,000 was given to Mintoo by one of the KLF handlers from Pakistan. At the time of his arrest, some new notes of Rs 2,000 were also found in his possession. Police are also probing if the ISI was in touch with both militants.

Soon after his escape from Punjab’s Nabha jail, he ditched his mobile phone and reached Delhi along with one Kashmir Singh, another escapee. Police have collected the call detail records of his mobile phone and are now analysing the numbers. Sources said he was carrying a list of some mobile numbers in a small notebook — contacts he wanted to use to escape to Germany.

Sources said Mintoo wanted to set up a base for KLF in Germany from where he could control activities in Punjab. They added that Mintoo kept changing his statements frequently, so Delhi Police took help from Punjab Police to verify certain facts. Two Superintendents of Police from Punjab also reached Delhi and interrogated Mintoo, said sources.