The Chandigarh Police on Friday sent a team of officials to Patiala to interrogate Jagtar Singh Tara, who was arrested by the Thailand Police last week and deported to India. Police have now questioned the proclaimed offender in the sensational Burail jailbreak case.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police (Operations) Satbir Singh confirmed that a team of police officials from the Operations cell had questioned Tara in Patiala. “We cannot reveal details of the interrogation. It is confidential.”
The DSP added that Tara had been questioned about the jailbreak case and about the involvement of jail officials.
“Till now, none of the police officials were able to gather much information about the involvement of jail officials. We are tying to find evidence,” the DSP added.
The police also questioned Tara about the whereabouts of Devi Singh, the fourth accused in the case who is still at large. “We are expecting some leads about him so that he can be arrested,” said the DSP.
Details about where Tara went from Chandigarh after escaping from jail late on January 21, 2004, were also sought. This included details about who sheltered him till he left the country and who helped him escape from India.
The Punjab Police have Tara’s custody for three more days after a local magistrate increased the duration of police remand on Thursday. The UT Police will now seek custody after he is remanded to judicial custody by a Patiala court.
Tara was arrested on January 3 and his extradition proceedings began on January 5. He was then deported to India on January 16 and taken into custody by Punjab Police. A proclaimed offender in the case of former Punjab CM Beant Singh’s assassination case, Tara is also a PO in the jailbreak case. While in the Beant Singh case, the others were convicted for life, jailbreak case is expected to meet its fate soon.
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