Lucknow: In a major breakthrough, Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday arrested the leader of the gang which stormed into Nabha Central Jail and freed six inmates including Harminder Singh alias Mintoo, the dreaded Khalistan Liberation Force “chief” on Sunday morning.
The arrested accused Parminder Singh was driving the SUV which used in the attack on jail, when intercepted by the police in kairana police circle of Shamli district. Car with Punjab number plate found in Sonu Majra village in Kaithal (Haryana), suspected to be in connection with this incident, as per IG Karnal.
Director General of Police (DGP) UP Javeed Ahmed said the arrest was made following an alert from the intelligence agencies about the movement of the SUVs in which the jail break accused had escaped.
“Parminder Singh was intercepted by the police while he was spotted moving in a suspicious manner in one of the SUVs which was used by those who had come to free the KLF chief,” Ahmed said.
Initial interrogation has revealed that all the accused had escaped in separate SUVs after the jail break and had planned to meet in Delhi after the dust had settled.
“We have recovered a self loading rifle (SLR) and three other firearms which were robbed from Punjab including some which were snatched from the security personnel during the jail break,” said ADG law and Order Daljeet Chaudhary adding that some members of the gang had fled towards Panipat and Karnal.
Initial background check of Parminder alias Painda has revealed that he too is a fugitive and was lodged at Nabha jail when he escaped in March, said Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Saharanpur (Range) Jitendra kumar Shahi. He also said the intelligence agencies are quizzing Parminder in connection with the jailbreak and a team from the Punjab police was on its way to Kairana.
A group of gun-toting men in police uniforms had stormed Punjab’s Nabha Central Jail in early in the morning morning and freed two terrorists — including the head of Khalistan Liberation Force, terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo — and four criminals. The Punjab government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh for any information on them and a probe by a Special Task Force has been launched.