A joint search operation launched by Punjab and Himachal Police in Dalhousie to nab a suspect in the Nabha jail break case proved futile as he managed to give the police a slip.
Naresh Kumar, a resident of Sangaria town in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, who police belived was a facilitator in the Nabha jail break, fled minutes before the police traced the hotel where he was staying.
“On Friday, we got information about a Nabha jail break suspect being present in the town and a joint search operation was launched to nab him,” said Sagar Chand, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Dalhousie.
Sources said that Kumar, along with two other persons, had come to Dalhousie in Swift Dezire care bearing a Rajasthan registration number.
Punjab police traced his location at Kajjiar, 20 kilometres from Dalhousie town, two days ago. He subsequently moved to Dalhousie and stayed in a hotel with two other men.
“Coincidentally, the Punjab police also landed at the same hotel for a stay. Later, we traced the suspect’s location there but he had fled by the time police reached there ,” said Sagar Chand.
The DSP also said, it was suspected that the two persons accompanying him might be those who escaped from Nabha jail but were identified as Vikas and Ravi, also from Sangaria town. They were freed after interrogation as Punjab police gave them clearance as none of them was found involved in any activity related to Nabha jail break. The police also didn’t make any major recovery from the hotel room where Naresh Kumar was staying.
In a movie style jailbreak, a group of armed men in police uniform had stormed the high-security Nabha Jail and fled with five prisoners, including Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Mintoo on November 27. A video footage retrieved from the CCTV camera installed at hotel reception showed Naresh Kumar leaving, a few minutes after the Punjab police arrived there.