Khalistan Terrorists Escape From Punjab Jail
- Govt. announces Rs 25 lakh reward for information
Amritsar: Chief of Khalistan Liberation Force, Harminder Singh Mintoo,49, along with four other criminals escaped from Nabha Central Jail in Punjab at about 10 am on Sunday. A group of ten men wearing police uniforms and armed with guns stormed in the jail firing indiscriminately on guards. They reached the jail in two cars, attacked a guard with a knife and forced their way into the prison. They fired about 100 rounds in the air and also on guards before escaping with the prisoners. Two constables were injured.
Punjab government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh for any information on the terrorists. It has also announced a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). The police officer in charge of the State’s jails was suspended. The Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Nabha Central jail were also dismissed from service. The Union Home Ministry has asked for details of the jailbreak. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said “the Union government would help the Punjab government in any way that is needed.”
Harminder is an accused in ten terror-related cases. He was nabbed at the Delhi airport in November 2014. He was reportedly involved in the attack on Dera Sacha SaudaChief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The others who escaped with Harminder are notorious gangsters Vicky Gondar, Gurpreet Sekhon, Neeta Deol and Vikramjit.
Punjab Chief Minister Badal was briefed of the jailbreak and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh was also informed by the Director General of Police Suresh Arora. The State police have alerted the forces in the boundaries with Jammu & Kashmir and Haryana. Sukhbinder Singh has visited the jail to study the situation personally. “We will catch them. Strong action will be taken against those who are responsible,” he said. The Deputy Chief Minister has suggested that Pakistan could be behind the attack. He said Pakistan has been desperate to revive terrorism in India after the Indian forces conducted surgical strikes.
In the meanwhile, Punjab Congress Party president Captain Amarinder Singh has accused the ruling Akali Dal of complicity in the jailbreak. Besides Mintoo, another terrorist Kashmir Singh Galwadi, associated with the pro-Khalistan movement, also escaped. He was involved in an attack on a Hindu leader in Gurdaspur in 2013.