Amritsar:Dreaded militant of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and a mastermind of Nabha jailbreak incident Harminder Singh Mintu on Monday appeared in a local court under security. The court, however, deferred the case till April 28.
Mintu was brought to the court by Patiala police where he has been lodged in jail in connection with the Nabha jailbreak incident, which transpired in December last year. The state operation cell on May 30, 2010, had registered a case against Mintu, Ratandeep Singh and some others for their involvement in anti-terrorist activities. After the jailbreak case of Nabha in which Mintu, along with many of his aides, had escaped from the jail of Nabha, he had been arrested from Delhi. However, his Monday’s appearance in a local court was in connection with the case slapped against him and his aides for carrying on anti-national activities. Monday was his first hearing in this case.
Mintu is involved in as many as ten criminal cases. Major among these, however, are an attack upon head of Dera Sacha Sauda sect Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2008, seizure of explosives from him near Halwara Air Force station in district Ludhiana in 2010, hatching a conspiracy regarding eliminating three Shiv Sena leaders of Punjab.
Mintu was earlier a part of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) which had played a key role in carrying out subversive activities during militancy in the 80s in Punjab. However, following his differences with BKI, he launched his own militants’ outfit during militancy in the state of which he became its head. India’s intelligence agencies are of the view that Mintu was also associated with many militant outfits of Pakistan, including Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).