Nabha jailbreak: FIR points at ‘connivance’ of jail officials

Reports say a number of jail officials had gone to quarter number 7, the residence of head warder Jagtar Singh in jail complex leaving jail with lesser officials on duty when the jailbreak occurred.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: November 29, 2016 2:52 am

THE FIRST information report (FIR) registered for Nabha jailbreak case suspects the connivance of the two India Reserve Battalion cops constable Hans Raj and warder Jaswinder Singh who were on duty at main gate and jail corridor gate and from whom the self-loading rifles were allegedly snatched by the armed men who carried out the jailbreak.

It also suspects the connivance of head constable Sahib Singh who was on guard at elevated morcha with a light machine gun, head warder Jagmeet Singh, Punjab Ex-Servicemen Corporation (PESCO) security guards Tek Singh, Nirmal Khan and Kuldeep Singh, and Assistant Superintendent of the jail Bheem Singh.

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The FIR was registered on Sunday evening on the complaint of Kotwali police station Assistant Sub-Inspector Shivdev Singh who had gone to conduct inquest proceedings (under section 174 CrPC) into the death of head warder Jagtar Singh.

Apart from the above named nine officials and six inmates who escaped in the jailbreak, 15-20 unidentified persons were booked in the case registered under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 392 (robbery), 223 (Escape from confinement or custody negligently suffered by public servant), 224 (Resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence commit­ted in prosecution of common object) of Indian Penal Code along with section 25 of Arms Act.

Reports say a number of jail officials had gone to quarter number 7, the residence of head warder Jagtar Singh in jail complex leaving jail with lesser officials on duty when the jailbreak occurred.

“I had gone to conduct inquest proceedings into the natural death of head warder Jagtar Singh, who was reported to have died due to heart attack. The exact reason would be known after post-mortem. Residents of nearby quarters were among those who were present at the quarter when I visited there. I am not sure if there was any jail official among those present,” said ASI Shivdev Singh.

Meanwhile, a special investigation team headed by Internal Vigilance Cell Additional Director-General of Police Prabodh Kumar and Enquiry Committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Sandhu Monday visited Nabha jail.