Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday accused the Badal government of connivance in the audacious jailbreak that saw gunmen storm the Nabha jail and spirit away Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh and five others.
In a statement, Amarinder said the incident had exposed a complete breakdown of law and order in the state and triggered fears of revival of terrorism ahead of the assembly elections.
“The shocking manner in which the gangsters walked into the high-security jail and freed a dreaded Khalistani terrorist along with other convicts clearly shows complicity at the highest levels,” said Amarinder.
The state Congress chief said the law and order situation in the state had deteriorated to unprecedented levels under the Badal regime, especially in the run-up to the assembly polls.
“The rescue of KLF chief Harminder Singh, accused in 10 terror-related cases, clearly suggested an active effort from across the border to revive terrorism in Punjab,” said Amarinder, reiterating his fears of terror attacks and other violent incidents in the state ahead of the polls.
Expressing grave concern over the incident, he said Khalistani terrorists were being hosted in Lahore by the Pakistani government, which was waiting for its chance to unleash mayhem in Punjab.
He accused the Badal government of playing into the hands of the enemies of the nation and allowing the situation to come to such a pass where terrorists could walk out of high-security prisons so effortlessly.
Captain Amarinder said such incidents lower the morale of the police, which has been completely politicized under the Badal rule.
He demanded that security across the state be tightened to prevent recurrence of such incidents and strong measures to catch Harminder and the others gangsters.