THE NABHA jailbreak happened on a day when Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal also reviewed security preparations for the December 3-4 Heart of Asia Conference with senior state police officials and an official from the Ministry of External Affairs in Amritsar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, and representatives of other HoA member countries, including China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey, are expected to take part in the conference in Amritsar, along with supporting country delegates from Europe and America.
Sukhbir, Punjab Police DGP Suresh Arora, DGP (law and order) Hardeep Dhillon, ADGP (Admin and community) Dinkar Gupta along with other senior state government officials and K Jeeva Sagar, a joint secretary at MEA, reviewed preparations for the conference. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also attended the meeting.
The deputy CM, who has sought to project Punjab as a secure state, found himself having to make a statement on the Nabha escape as soon as he came out of the meeting. He announced that he had ordered ADGP (Internal Vigilance) Prabodh Kumar to conduct an inquiry and also appointed an SIT under him. “There would be another probe into the security lapses, which would be conducted by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu. Punjab Police is sparing no efforts to track the fleeing prisoners, who would be caught soon. Police are totally vigilant and there is no need to panic,” said Sukhbir, adding that no stone would be left unturned to accord due hospitality to the visiting foreign dignitaries and that Amritsar would be fully prepared for the event.