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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                    abd
                    Nov 27, 2016 at 8:18 am
                    Staged drama for extra judicial killing to suppress Sikh uprising.
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                      Pramod
                      Nov 27, 2016 at 9:38 am
                      How did they break into jail if they came in the pretext of taking the inmates for court hearing..?
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                        Cyber m@n
                        Nov 27, 2016 at 7:56 am
                        Lols, Free khalsa
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                          faithful
                          Nov 27, 2016 at 10:52 am
                          Gupt Rooge Blind Bakht Mr Impotent Feku G first listen the Mann ke baat of your left over wife who is waiting for over 35 years . shame on such a man who left his wife and doing nation building. Amit Shah Mohan Bhagwat Sadvi Pragya Colonole Purohit and RSS Chaddi Walas are hidden terrorists and mother of all problem since independence. These So Called RSS BjpEE walas never took part in freedom struggle and now becoming champion of Nationalism. All should be shot at Chandni Chowk
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                            jati
                            Nov 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                            NO RACIST LANGUAGE PLEASE
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                              Joseph R Stephen
                              Nov 27, 2016 at 9:17 am
                              Home Minister , Defense Minister are all totally incompetent.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The stan based terrorist walked into the top Air base and attacked - despite stan government sharing info that terrorist plan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The accused in various anti-national activities just escaped from Madhya Pradesh jail - and they where all murdered without a judicial trail. Eye witness say they where totally unarmed.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now we have a very core terrorist escaping from jail.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BJP government runs the security with a theatre like atude - not good for India.
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                                khaja
                                Nov 27, 2016 at 11:49 am
                                Encounter not yet taken place, why ? Oh ! its only for Muslim accused. isn't it. That too very specific about where the Muslim accused ran and before escape also they used to murder also, that too with the plate. State CM issued statement that they cannot affored Chicken biryani to the trial accused, not yet convicted, but can b as a Terrorist. Here Khalistan Liberation Force Chief escaped, is this not clear hypocrisy of Governing cl and Media ? Oh God, guard my Nation from the clutches of these evil minded rulers and media.
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                                  Hindustan2014
                                  Nov 27, 2016 at 7:58 am
                                  wah re Modi- Akali Sarkar? Coming in Toyota Fortuner, a Rs.25 lac SUV and no doubt. Sab Gol Mal hai bhai Sab Gol Mal hai.
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                                    krishna kumar
                                    Nov 27, 2016 at 10:39 am
                                    This is simplifying the event. Court cases have written permission of courts and all concerned are to check everything. Police now will try to cover itself such cases guilty need to be punished as an example.
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                                      Kulmohan Singh
                                      Nov 27, 2016 at 7:54 am
                                      And what about thousands of hands-on murderers of 1984 riots who have not been jailed even for a single night ?
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                                        Kumar
                                        Nov 27, 2016 at 8:24 am
                                        BJP playing tactic before election, they are trying to release indirectly in order to get sympathy for vote bank. Where as they killed Muslims innocent people. This communal government should go.
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                                          Nationalist
                                          Nov 27, 2016 at 10:30 am
                                          Because they are paid the white money by the Indian muslims....
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                                            mathimathi
                                            Nov 27, 2016 at 8:53 am
                                            Armed men cannot use credit cards Paytm to get Arms in Punjab. fekunomist PM DM RBI CHIEF.
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