Nabha High-Security Jail Assistant Superintendent Bhim Singh was arersted on Tuesday for allegedly conspiring with the inmates to facilitate their escape. They also arrested head warder Jagmeet Singh and Tejinder Sharma, owner of Shagun Sweets in Nabha, in the case.
The police said Singh provided the phone to one of the inmates, who established contact with a gang of armed men outside the jail. Patiala SSP Gurmeet Chauhan said investigation revealed that the ASP not only provided phone to help the six inmates escape, but also helped them reach the jail corridor.
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“Bhim Singh was on duty on the intervening night. He met one of the inmates at about 6.30 am and instructed a jail official to let the inmates come to the corridor. Head warder Jagmeet Singh had the keys to the door of the corridor that opens towards the jail. He opened the gate to let them in,” said Chauhan. Tejinder Sharma was arrested for “exchange of money” to facilitate the jailbreak, he added.
Two other officers have also been suspended.