In a shocking incident 10 armed men on Sunday broke into Nabha jail near Patiala in Punjab and helped Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo and 4 others escape.
According to initial reports the armed men who broke into the jail were wearing police uniforms and fired over 100 rounds on stationed security.
Police has reached the spot and probe is underway, reports said.
Four escaped gangsters apart from KLF chief Mintoo include Gurpreet Singh, Vicky Gondra, Nitin Deol and Vikramjeet Singh Vicky.
It all occurred around 9.30 AM, when two luxury cars including a Fortuner and Endeavor reached at the entrance on Nabha Central jail and occupants of the car starting firing on the guards of jail, sources said.
Five inmates who were there near the entrance gate came out to jumped into the cars and fled away, they said.
It seems that it was a pre-planned jail break and involvement of jail officials in it cannot be ruled out.
All of the escaped were dreaded criminals and high alert has been sounded in entire Punjab.
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The incident comes only a few days after 8 SIMI activisits escaped the Bhopal Central Jail and were subsequently killed in a controversial encounter by the local police.
Here are the updates:
# Car with Punjab number plate found in Sonu Majra village in Kaithal (Haryana), suspected to be in connection with #Punjab jail-break
# Car with Punjab number plate found in Sonu Majra village in Kaithal (Haryana), suspected to be in connection with Punjab Jail-break: IG Karnal
# Parminder also known as Paida is arrested by UP police from Shamil in Uttar Pradesh in connection with attack on Nabha jail near Patiala
# Police say one person arrested in connection with Punjab jailbreak, huge cache of arms recovered from his car in Shamli, UP
One person (Parminder) arrested in connection with Punjab jailbreak, huge cache of arms recovered from his car in Shamli, UP pic.twitter.com/zNKHK5LweU— ANI (@ANI_news) November 27, 2016
# 5 criminals dressed as police came in a car with an excuse that they were here to lodge a criminal; they were carrying small arms, says Punjab DGP
#Punjab Dy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal reaches Nabha jail, where 10 armed men freed Khalistan terrorist Harminder Mintoo and 5 others
#Ready to provide whatever assistance required, have asked Home secretary to ask for a report from Punjab Govt, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Nabha jail break
# SIT has been formed by the Punjab Police to investigate the escape of six under-trials in Nabha Jail break
#Punjab Govt announced a reward of Rs 25 lakhs to any person providing information leading to the arrest of six escaped under-trial prisoners
#Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal calls for an emergency meeting as Centre seeks for report. ( Read Full Story)
#Manner in which gangsters walked into high-security jail and freed dreaded Khalistani terrorist clearly shows complicity at highest levels: Amarinder Singh, Congress
#Jail break incident had exposed a complete breakdown of law and order in the state: Captain Amarinder Singh, Congress. (Read Full Story)
#A team under ADGP has been formed to investigate the incident; strict action will be taken against whoever responsible: Sukhbir Singh Badal
#State is on high alert after Punjab JailBreak. We are checking suspicious vehicles and are on strict vigil: Policemen on duty
#Police is on duty, ek jagah thoda encounter bhi hua. We will catch them: Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal
#High alert sounded across the state after Punjab JailBreak, check-posts erected; Police on vigil.
#Special Task force under the intelligence have been set up to track these criminals: Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal
#Jail superintendent and Jail deputy superintendent dismissed: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal . (Read Full Story)
#We've suspended Nabha jail DG after this Punjab Jail Break incident: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal
#Home Ministry seeks report from Punjab Government. (Woman dies in firing)
#Home Secretary speaks to Punjab DGP over Punjab Jail Break issue, apprises Home Minister on the same
#Points out lack of lawℴIf a high-security prison can be attacked like this,it's an alarming development-Manish Tewari
#I am leaving for Nabha now; will take stock of situation there; 6 inmates fled from the jail: Punjab DGP
#The arrangement of security all fine; Questions will be obviously raised, but let's see: Suresh Arora, Punjab DGP
#Concerned agencies will take cognizance of this and do what is appropriate: Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO
#We have been given to understand that the Govt is in full control: Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO on security situation in Punjab
#There were at least 20 men- one dressed in ASI uniform, others dressed in police uniforms; they opened indiscriminate fire: Eyewitness
Punjab: Visuals from outside Nabha Jail, where 10 armed men freed Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo & 4 gangsters. pic.twitter.com/F1q6VK8eS3— ANI (@ANI_news) November 27, 2016
#Amritsar: Meeting between Punjab DGP and Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal underway after Punjab Jail Break incident
#High alert sounded in Punjab after Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo & 4 gangsters escape Nabha Jail