Nabha: It was a 10-minute operation when 10 to 12 armed terrorists in police uniform, gained entry to ‘Deodi’ (main entrance) of high security jail here and escaped with two convicted terrorists and four gangsters.
The terrorists came in four vehicles, along with one person who was handcuffed, to mislead the jail staff.
They told the main gate sentry that they have brought a prisoner for verification of his record. The sentry informed the ‘darbaan’ (main gate keeper of the Deodi) to open the first entrance. As the desperadoes gained entry into the ‘Deodi’ they pulled out their guns and forced the darbaan to open the next metal gate to enter inside the jail premises. The four jailed gangsters and the two terrorists had prior information of the escape plan. They together went to the Deodi and on gunpoint got the entrance gate opened by the darbaan, to make good their escape.
The gun-toting miscreants struck the jail on Sunday morning at around 9:30 am. They rescued two hardcore militants, including Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, and four other gangsters.
According to the information available, the attackers fired almost 100 rounds in the air to scare away the security, during the conduct of their operation.
KLF chief Mintoo and another hardcore terrorist Kashmir Golwadi were among those who fled from the jail whereas the gangsters who escaped were identified as Vicky Gonder,Gurpreet Sekhon, Neeta Deol and Vikramjit.
The attackers took control of one of the guards on gun point and proceeded to the barracks where the prisoners were lodged. The operation just took about 10 minutes to complete.
Meanwhile, sources in the jail also added that the attackers chose the morning time as during this time all the prisoners are brought out of their barracks for taking them to the fields to work.
Several top militants, gangsters and hardcore criminals are lodged in this maximum security jail.
After the attack, maximum security alert was sounded in the district and whole of the area falling in the district was sealed off. All top civil as well as the police officers rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. A massive search operation was also launched to nab the escapees.
Unrelated prison escapee nabbed
Patiala: Punjab Police claimed to have received an initial breakthrough in the Nabha high-security jail break incident as the Uttar Pradesh police claimed to have arrested one Parminder Singh, who had fled from Nabha jail about one-and-a-half months ago. Parminder was arrested from Shamli township during a naka-bandi operation. He carried arms and ammunition in a car.
The Inspector General of Police (Patiala Zone), Paramraj Singh Umranangal, who was also one of the members of the SIT formed by the state government to investigate the Nabha jailbreak incident, told the Daily Post here late on Sunday evening that the Punjab Police had succeeded in getting an initial breakthrough with the arrest of Parminder Singh.
Umranagal said that Parminder had committed a murder of a police official. He was convicted in the case and lodged in Nabha jail.
He claimed that Parminder Singh was caught when the Punjab Police sounded red alert and provided leads to the neighbouring states.
He claimed that during his stay in Nabha Jail, he might have been in touch with the terrorists and gangsters who had escaped Sunday from the jail in a planned attack.DP
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