In a shocking incident 10 armed men on Sunday broke into the Nabha jail near Patiala in Punjab and helped Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh alias Mintoo and five other prisoners escape.
Six prisoners including dreaded Sikh militant, 49-year old Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh alias Mintoo, had escaped from the high security Nabha jail on Sunday.
Besides Mintoo, another militant Kashmir Singh and four gangsters, Harjinder Singh Bhullar alias Vicky Gondar, Kulpreet Singh alias Neeta Deol, Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and Amanpreet Tonda were successful in escaping the Jail.
According to initial reports the armed men who broke into the jail were wearing police uniforms and fired over 100 rounds on stationed security.
Later on Monday morning, escaped Khalistani terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo was caught at Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi, 24 hours after the jailbreak.
Meanwhile one of the men involved in the jailbreak, Palwinder Singh Pinda, was caught on Sunday evening in Uttar Pradesh.The other prisoners remain missing.
As per Arvind Deep, Special Commisioner of Police (Special Cell) , Harminder Mintoo had trimmed his beard, it was difficult to identity him; his plan was to escape from Goa via Mumbai. He further added that the DCP is monitoring situation; interrogation of Harminder Mintoo is underway and we're conducting further probe based on leads given by him.
Arvind Deep also said that pistol and 6 cartridges were recovered from Harminder Mintoo. Case has been registered under relevant section.
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Here are more details of the plan and execution done by the group of criminals responsible for the Nabha Jail break -
# The full proof plan of the Nabha Jail break was made three months in advance by the gangsters.
# The main objective of the plan was to flee Vicky Gondar, Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and Kulpreet Singh but seizing the opportunity on account of lapses in the jail security, KLF chief Harminder Singh alias Mintoo and Kashmir Singh also managed to escape from the jail.
# To execute the jail break plan, a gang of 12 boys from Punjab and Haryana was formed and trained for achieving the objective.
# The boys selected as part of the gang were carefully chosen based on their expertise at driving and who could quickly drive off the spot if the situation so demanded. Their driving skills were tested too.
# As part of their camouflage tactics and to conceal their identity, the gang purchased uniforms of Sub Inspectors and Assistant Sub Inspectors of Punjab Police. They also made a fake nameplate in the name of Manjeet Singh.
# The gang arranged for their weapons and ammunition from fellow gangsters known to them operating in Haryana and Punjab.
# After fleeing from the jail, the escapees got together at Pehowa near Kurukshetra, Haryana and then fled to different directions so as to avoid getting caught by the Police.
# In their meeting at Pehowa, all the escapees turned off their phone and decided to remain underground for the next 15 to 20 days.
# After their meeting at Pehowa, KLF Chief Harminder Singh Mintoo and Kashmir SIngh parted ways with rest of the gang.
# As per some reports, Pakistan intelligence agency ISI had charted out a safe route plan for the escapees to first flee to Nepal and then get to Pakistan.
# After the gangsters escaped from the jail, their associates posted updates on Facebook challenging the Punjab Police that it won't be that easy to carry out an encounter to kill the escapists. They also posted that if the Badal government tries it do something on those lines will have to pay a very heavy price for their actions.
# Harminder Singh and Kashmir Singh took a bus from Kaithal Bus stand. Harminder Singh got off at a place near Kurukshetra .Harminder Singh then took a bus to Panipat from the place he got off at. He eventually took a bus to Delhi from Panipat.
# As per intelligence reports, Harminder Singh had booked a ticket for Panvel which falls in Navi Mumbai. He had made plans to flee to Goa from Panvel and eventually leave the country.
# Mintoo was tracked down and caught by the police at the Nizamuddin Railway station after he reportedly tried to contact a relative in Delhi and the call was intercepted.
# There have been reports of Harminder Singh's aid Kashmir Singh hiding in Bhogal near Nizammudin, Delhi. Raids are being carried out to nab him.