Chandigarh: Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora on Sunday admitted that “conspiracy, connivance and lapses” led to the sensational Nabha jail-break, in which two suspected Khalistani terrorists and four dreaded gangsters escaped.
“There are lapses. There is a conspiracy, as we can see. We will investigate everything. We will look into connivance (angle too),” Arora told media persons outside the maximum security jail where odd-10 armed men barged in the morning on Sunday to free the six high-profile prisoners after firing indiscriminately.
As jail security failed to respond to the attack, the DGP said: “We will look into why our firing was not effective.”
He said the escapees as well as those who helped them break free drove towards Haryana, about 30 km away.
“Their location is being traced,” Arora said.
The DGP said that 30-35 rounds were fired during the jail-break even as eyewitnesses claimed at least 100 rounds were fired.
“They (attackers) made the excuse that they have come to drop a prisoner. The sentry opened the gate. They were carrying small firearms. Six criminals, namely Harminder Mintoo and Kashmir Singh (both terrorists), and Gurpreet Sekhon, Vicky Gounder, Amandeep Dhotian and Neeta Deol (all gangsters) escaped,” the DGP said.
Sukhbir sees Pak hand
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the Home portfolio, on Sunday tweeted: “Pak (istan) desperate to revive terror post-surgical strike. Could be behind jail-break.”“We will uncover the conspiracy behind terrorist-gangster Nabha jail-break at all costs,” he said in another tweet.
A threat that was looming large
The daring incident of break at high security Nabha Jail on Sunday rocked the state as well as the national security agencies for the six prisoners who escaped the jail had two militants too, including the chief of Khalistan Liberation Front Harminder Singh Mintoo.
It is, however, learnt, that the state intelligence authorities were already expecting such an incident to happen and there were also suggestions previously that the gangsters should be distributed across several jails instead of having them all in the Nabha prison. Although the Home Department discussed it, no action was taken, as learnt.
He also ordered another probe into the security lapses which would be conducted by the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu. It is also learnt that Ropar Police too have been asked to grill a gangster moved there last week from New Jail Nabha, suspecting him to be either aware of or instrumental in the whole conspiracy.
Claims of vigilance have been exposed in past also
Chandigarh: The security of Punjab jails and the vigilance of officials concerned have always remained under question. And the question mark has not always been put by critics among general public, the state’s won police has exposed the reality in May
Acting upon the directions from the top, the state police jawans and officials had launched a massive search operation in the jails of Punjab and during that one-day operation the cops had come out with the recovery of at least 65 mobile phones along with a huge number of SIM cards, currency notes, psychotropic drugs and various other objectionable materials from Punjab jails.
The operation, as learnt, was a part of Police drive to ensure that the jails in the state are free of objectionable/prohibited material and do not become house for drugs and organised crime. Notably, all this was done after Himachal Police, while probing the Fazilka-based gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Singh Rocky’s murder that took place near Parwanoo in those days, found that various gangsters sitting in Punjab jails were operating their gangs and uploading the revengeful posts on Facebook like social media from their Internet-equipped mobile phones.
During the operation acute shortage of jail staff, doctors, pharmacists, poor infrastructure of drug de-addiction centres came in to the notice. Besides this, need for installation of CCTV cameras in large numbers to cover crucial points of jails, regular checking of jail through sniffer dogs to keep these jails free from usage of drugs was also observed by the raiding teams. DP
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