Nabha jailbreak: Uttarakhand police arrest two for providing ‘logistics support’

The Punjab police said it had shared relevant details and inputs regarding the accused in the jailbreak case to neighbouring states.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Chandigarh | Published:November 29, 2016 2:44 am

THE Uttarakhand police on Monday arrested two persons for allegedly providing logistics support to the gangsters involved in the Nabha jailbreak case as the manhunt for five of the six inmates who escaped and armed men who carried out the sensational jailbreak continued.

The Punjab police said it had shared relevant details and inputs regarding the accused in the jailbreak case to neighbouring states.

The Dehradun police identified the two arrested on Monday as Jeeta and Binny. The duo had allegedly helped the gangsters get SIM cards for the mobiles on fake documents. “They provided fake Aadhar cards and voter identity cards for SIM cards used by the gangsters involved in Nabha jailbreak case. A printer used to make fake Aadhar cards and voter cards has also been recovered from them. They have been arrested for providing logistics to those involved in Nabha case,” said Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police Sadanand Shankar Rao.

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The Punjab police suspect that the inmates who escaped and the armed men who facilitated the escape were in touch with each other over phone.

The duo was arrested from a house in Sehajdhara colony located in jurisdiction of Raipur police station in Dehradun. According to Uttar Pradesh police, Palwinder who was arrested in Shamli in UP had planned to go to Dehradun and hide at their place.

Dehradun SSP Rao said interrogation of the two was on and they hailed from “Punjab or Haryana”.

The interrogation of Palwinder by UP police revealed that the Toyota Fortuner that was used in Nabha jailbreak case and which ferried the inmates, including Mintoo Singh who as arrested by the Delhi police Monday, was stolen from Ludhiana on September 17 by
the gangsters.

UP Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Daljit Singh Chaudhary said Palwinder told police that the Fortuner was snatched from Ludhiana around two months ago. Chaudhary also said that Palwinder was a “drug addict” and heroin was recovered from his possession. He added that Palwinder also revealed that he was also involved in a case where two and a half kg of gold and Rs 10 lakh in cash was looted from Ludhiana nearly two months ago.

Ludhiana police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh confirmed that a Toyota Fortuner was snatched from a person who had come for a walk at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana on September 17. Aulakh said the gold and cash was looted from a house in Ludhiana about a month and half ago and “six to seven persons” were named in that case.

Chaudhary said Palwinder told police that the gangster had planned to meet after 10 days after they fanned out to different directions on entering Haryana. They were to get in touch with each other through the phones they were carrying, Chaudhary said.

A Punjab police officer said the vehicles in which the gangsters helped inmates flee jumped a police check post near Keorak in Kaithal district of Haryana and fanned out to different directions from Dhand, some 18 km from Keorak. Mintoo and another inmate, Kashmir Singh, were dropped at Dhand by the gangsters from the Fortuner in which they were travelling.

A team of Punjab police has also reached Uttar Pradesh. Palwinder is likely to be brought to Punjab on production warrant on Tuesday, said a police officer.