THE NABHA jailbreak has raised fears of gang wars and other jailbreak efforts as the possibility of those who escaped on Sunday trying to settle scores with rival gangs and making efforts to free their associates lodged in other prisons in the state is high.
Caught on the backfoot, the Punjab Police have sent out a communication to all districts to be alert to these twin dangers as well as to a spurt in other crimes such as robberies and kidnappings.
The police has stepped up security at several jails in the state, said a senior police officer, after the warning went out.
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The internal note, seen by The Indian Express, has recommended keeping a watch on gangsters lodged in jails especially when they are taken for production in different courts so that they do not escape while in police custody.
Among the ‘high value individuals’ the memo lists is Gurbachan Singh, a terrorist lodged in Patiala jail.
It also lists Chandan alias Chandu, who hails from Ferozepur and is lodged in Amritsar jail. and is produced in a Ferozepur court on hearings of his court, as both a potential target of rivals or a possible escape. Similar for Mandeep Singh Druv, another gangster from Moga who lodged in Sangrur jail and produced in a court in Moga.
The police have also recommended stepping up vigil on 14 gangsters in Ferozepur jail.
They include Jagrup Singh alias Roopa, Jasbir Singh, a resident of Tarn Taran, Gurmeet Singh aloas Gumma of Ferozepore, Sukhdev Singh alias Sukha of Frozepore, Beant Singh of Moga and Kuldeep Singh Keepa.
As many as 17 are lodged in Faridkot jail. They include Kulwant Singh, Jagdev Singh, Dr Harpreet Singh, Rajwinder Singh alias Ghali, Lawrence Bishnoi, Palwinder Singh, Manjinder Singh alias Kala Sekhon.
District police forces have also been asked to look out for two proclaimed offenders, Jaipal Singh, a member of Shera Khubban and Sekhon Mudki group, and his accomplice Tirath Dhilwan, both accused in the murder of another gangster Rocky, as having the potential to create more trouble now with their fellow gangsters out on the loose.