SOURCE : Times Now, Agencies
Ten armed men today stormed the Nabha jail near Patiala, opened indiscriminate fire and fled with five prisoners including Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Mintoo, an accused in 10 cases.Police said a group of youths dressed in police uniform stormed the jail and opened indiscriminate fire at the jail.
Those who fled with the armed men include gangster Vicky Gondar, Gurpreet Sekhon, Nita Deol, Vikramjeet, and terrorist Mintoo, police said.
Mintoo was arrested by Punjab Police from Delhi’s IGI Airport in 2014. He was arrested in connection with 10 cases including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force station in 2010.
Punjab DGP Suresh Arora rushed to Nabha after the incident.
In the wake of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has called a meeting of senior officials including State Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal. The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a report on the jaibreak.
A high alert had been sounded in Punjab with security around railway stations, airports, inter-state bus terminuses and other places of key importance stepped up, officials said.
Sequence of events:
8. 00 a.m: 10 armed men disguised in uniform open fire outside Nabha jail
8.00 a.m: Unarmed jail security men run for cover
8.20 a.m: Six prisoners break out of jail
8.20 a.m: Six prisoners and the 10 attackers escape in three cars
9.00 a.m: Fugitives cross Nabha jail again
9.00 a.m: Shots fired again as both cars cross prison
Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the DG Jails has been suspended and Nabha Jail superintendent, Deputy Jail Superintendent have been dismissed post the jailbreak.