Expressing concern over the Nabha jailbreak in which a dreaded Khalistani terrorist escaped, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and offered all assistance needed to apprehend the escapees. The Home Minister, who was in Hyderabad, also asked the Chief Minister to take urgent steps to tighten security in all jails in Punjab even as Home Ministry sought a report from the state government about the incident, sources said.
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During the 15-minute telephonic conversation, Badal briefed Singh about the incident and steps taken to nab the culprits.
“I have told the Home Secretary to get a report from the Punjab government immediately. If the Punjab government needs any assistance, we will provide it,” Singh told media.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also spoke to the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and apprised him of the details of the incident. He updated the NSA on steps being taken to apprehend the culprits.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi also spoke to Director General of Punjab Police and asked him to ensure adequate security in all jails in Punjab.
The incident came two days after Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked security forces to guard against attempts to disturb peace through “vicious” political campaign or by external extremist forces during the election process in Punjab and four other states.