Nabha jailbreak: Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh, five others escape

Patiala Range Deputy Inspector General, A S Chahal said the armed men broke into the jail between 8:30 am to 9:00 am on the pretext that they had come to take some inmate for a court hearing.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Chandigarh | Updated: November 27, 2016 2:24 pm
jail-break-759 Police said a group of youths dressed in police uniform stormed the jail and opened indiscriminate fire at the jail.( Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

A group of armed men, disguised as cops broke into Nabha jail on Sunday morning and helped as many as six inmates, including Khalistan Liberation Force militant Harminder Singh Mintoo, escape. Mintoo was arrested in 2014 by Punjab police from Indira Gandhi International Airport on his return from Thailand.

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Kashmir Singh, who was arrested for an attack on Shiv Sena Punjab Secretary Harvinder Soni in April last year, also escaped as the armed men resorted to heavy firing. The other four who escaped from the jail were gangsters Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Sekhon, Amandeep Dhotian and Kulpreet Neetu aka Neeta Deol.

The six inmates who escaped from Nabha Jail today. (Express photo by Harneet Sodhi) The six inmates who escaped from Nabha Jail today. (Express photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

According to police, six to eight persons in police uniforms came on four vehicles Toyota Fortuner (white color) Hyundai Verna (white), Honda City (white) and Hyundai i20 (beige color) and fired several shots before escaping with the six inmates.

jail-759 Mintoo was arrested in 2014 by Punjab police from Indira Gandhi International Airport on his return from Thailand. (Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

Police believed they fled towards Haryana. An alert was sounded in the adjoining states of Haryana, Rajasthan and and special check posts were set up to nab the accused.

Patiala Range Deputy Inspector General, A S Chahal said the armed men broke into the jail between 8:30 am to 9:00 am on the pretext that they had come to take some inmate for a court hearing.

nabha-759 Mintoo is allegedly involved in a number of cases including for an attack on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2008. (Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

Chahal said 25 to 30 empty shells had been recovered from the site. DIG said the men were attired in police uniforms with one of the men wearing the uniform of a Sub Inspector and remaining wearing uniforms of constable ranks.

Mintoo is allegedly involved in a number of cases including for an attack on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2008.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:00 am
    BJP said Terrorism has Stopped since Demonetisation... what is this??? First was am where our 3 Jawans were Ambushed, then Kashmir 3 or 4 times again n again, and now the Defunct Khalistan has also reared its ugly Head....
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      pawan
      Nov 27, 2016 at 9:15 am
      Shows how inept and clueless is this governance in Punjab led by the corrupt criminal badal and aptly supported by the good governance king. National shame...
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        Shukhbir Singh
        Nov 27, 2016 at 8:29 am
        Badal Govt is doing this as election stunt and modi is helping to stage drama.
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          Shukhbir Singh
          Nov 27, 2016 at 8:28 am
          What will they now do, fake encounter like SIMI undertrials.
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            shakeel
            Nov 27, 2016 at 11:29 am
            For every thing don't blame stan what our security forces are doing blame the security staff fto this laps oh I forgot all were on bank line to collect 2000
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              Sukhjit singh
              Nov 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm
              Khalistan will never die. Long live KHALISTAN.
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                abraham
                Nov 27, 2016 at 8:39 am
                It's really redicule to hear the jail break where the security officers of the prison.Better Govt to make 2 or 3 layer security to not allow the jail break.if some one try for jail break that means they ready to do anything with any one and nation.this type of aliens to be eliminated
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                  aslam
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 11:06 am
                  no allegation on STAN?
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