Nabha jailbreak LIVE: Alleged ‘mastermind’ arrested; Rajnath Singh seeks report, directs tightening of security

Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo freed by five armed men who stormed Nabha jail in Punjab.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 27, 2016 10:34 pm
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Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Mintoo and five others escaped from Nabha jail in Punjab on Sunday after armed men in police uniform tricked the sentries into opening the gates and bolted out with the inmates firing a hail of bullets. Among the escapees was another terrorist Kashmira Singh, according to Punjab police chief Suresh Arora.

Nabha jailbreak, Nabha jail, Khalistan Liberation force, Harminder Singh mintoo, punjab jailbreak, Khalistan chief Harminder singh mintoo, harminder singh mintoo escape, punjab news, india news Depupty CM Sukhbir Singh Badal inspects at Nabha jail after the five prisoners, including Khalistan Liberation Front Chief Harminder Mintoo in Nabha, Patiala on Sunday. (Source: Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

However, hours later, the alleged “mastermind” of the daring daylight jailbreak, Parminder Singh, was arrested from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district when the getaway vehicle–a Toyota Fortuner–was stopped at a police picket. A self-loading rifle (SLR), three rifles and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from the SUV during the search, UP’s Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljit Singh Chaudhary said.

Nabha jailbreak, Nabha jail, Khalistan Liberation force, Harminder Singh mintoo, punjab jailbreak, Khalistan chief Harminder singh mintoo, harminder singh mintoo escape, punjab news, india news Team of RAF personnel deployed at Nabha jail after the five prisoners, including Khalistan Liberation Front Chief Harminder Mintoo in Nabha, Patiala on Sunday. (Source: Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal suspended Nabha Jail DG and set up a special task force to track down the escaped convicts. The Home Ministry sought a report from the state government over the incident.

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.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about the Nabha jailbreak, seeks detailed report from the state government.

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Yeh jailbreak hui hai aur main dawaa karta hoon ki ismein (Punjab) sarkaar ka haath hai: Captain Amarinder Singh.

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CM Parkash Singh Badal calls for an emergency meeting.

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A team under ADGP has been formed to investigate the incident; strict action will be taken against whoever responsible: Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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Sukhbir Singh Badal: Special task force set up to track down escaped convicts.

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Nabha jail DG suspended after armed men free Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

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Home Ministry seeks report from Punjab Government over the incident.

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Police believe the convicts 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.

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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.

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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.

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Concerned agencies will take cognizance of this and do what is appropriate. The state government is in full control: Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO.

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An eye witness claims that there were 20 men who stormed the Nabha Jail. Official sources, however, pegged the number at five.

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ANI is reporting that Punjab DGP met Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to apprise him of the situation.

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Pickets around Nabha to track down escaped terrorists.

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High alert sounded across Punjab.