Khalistan terrorist nabbed again In Delhi

  • Others prisoners who escaped Nabha jail are at large

Chandigarh: Khalistan terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo, who escaped from Nabha jail in a daring jailbreak on Sunday morning, was nabbed in Delhi on Monday morning in a massive manhunt organized jointly by Punjab and Rajasthan police. It may be recalled that ten armed men in police uniform had stormed the jail on Sunday at about 9 am and helped Mintoo and five other criminals to escape.

After escaping from the jail, Mintoo had got his beard shaved so that the police cannot recognize him. But he committed a mistake in calling his relative in Delhi by which act he gave away his whereabouts to the police officers. Police, who intercepted Mintoo’s call to his relative, said he was planning to escape to Nepal.  The other prisoners who escaped along with him remain untraced. Ajit Doval, Security Advisor to the Central government, is understood to be part of the planning team that hunted for the escaped prisoners.

While hunting for the prisoners who escaped, the police had fired on a car at the check-post 25 km away from the prison killing one woman in the process. The police admitted that it was their mistake to shoot at the woman. One of the men who were involved in jailbreak was caught in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday evening.  According to the police, the jailbreak plan was executed in order to get Vicky Gounder, an accused in several murder cases and a highway robbery. Mintoo got the wind of the plan and had tagged himself with Vicky.

Mintoo, 49, chief of the banned Khalistan Liberation Force, was an accused in more than ten terror-related cases. The attack on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was one of the cases. Mintoo was arrested at Delhi airport in November 2014 when he landed from Thailand. The police said Mintoo was trying to revive Khalistan movement and he was in regular touch with officers of Pakistan’s  Inter Service Intelligence (ISI).

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh, son of Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, said on Sunday when he visited the jail that he suspected Pakistan to be behind the incident. Congress MP and president of Punjab Congress Committee Amarinder Singh had accused the government of ‘complicity’. The elections to the Assembly are only a few months away.

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