The UP Police Sunday evening recovered a Toyota Fortuner SUV reportedly used by armed men who helped six inmates escape from the Nabha jail, and arrested the driver of the vehicle in Shamli. The driver has been identified as Palwinder Singh (35) of Jalandhar. Shamli SP, Ajay Pal, said that Singh was the mastermind of the jailbreak, adding that a huge cache of firearms was recovered from the vehicle. Police reportedly found an SLR, three rifles and large amount of cartridges from the SUV.
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DIG, Saharanpur, JK Shahi, said they were alerted by Punjab Police about the vehicle used in the crime entering UP. A police constable deployed at Kairana town spotted the vehicle in the afternoon. A police team then chased the vehicle, and nabbed the driver after he tried to abandon it and escape.
The same Toyota Fortuner that was seized in Shamli had earlier in the day been spotted by Haryana Police in Kaithal. However, the driver did not stop, broke the police check post and sped away.
Singh has now been placed under arrest at the Kairana kotwali police station in Shamli. UP Police have informed their counterparts in Punjab about Palwinder Singh’s arrest.
Singh is a key absconding member of Vicky Gounder gang. He is also an accused in the murder of a Punjab police Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Gurdev Singh in Jalandhar in 2013. On March 29, Singh had escaped from police custody after firing at police personnel at Civil Hospital, Nabha.
“He has admitted in his interrogation that he facilitated the Nabha jailbreak,” an investigating officer with the Shamli police said. Punjab Police officials, who were in touch with Shamli police, also confirmed Singh’s arrest. A team of Punjab Police has been sent to Shamli to seek his custody.