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Nabha jailbreak: Punjab cracks whip on top cops, launches manhunt

india Updated: Nov 27, 2016 19:08 IST
Nabha jailbreak

Punjab government has taken action against three top cops of the state following the jailbreak incident at Nabha high security prison. (HT Photo )

Punjab deputy chief minister and home minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday suspended additional director general of police (ADGP- Jails) M K Tewari and dismissed the superintendent and deputy superintendent of the Nabha high security jail after gunmen stormed the prison and freed Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh alias Mintoo and five others.

The deputy CM has asked additional chief secretary (home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu to submit a report on the incident.

Sukhbir also spoke to the national security adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval , apprised him of the details of the incident and updated him on the steps being taken to apprehend the culprits.

Police have also launched a manhunt to nab the escaped prisoners. A red alert has been issued throughout the state and security at all jails has been furthered tightened.

The Nabha jail is said to be the most secure one in Punjab. But the gunmen apparently did not face any opposition as they completed the audacious jailbreak in just about 10 minutes.

ADGP railways Rohit Chaudhary has been given charge of ADGP Jails while S Bhupati has been posted as the superintendent Nabha Jail.

The deputy chief minister is expected to visit the jail premises to assess the situation. Punjab DGP Suresh Arora is already in Nabha following the incident.

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal held a high level meeting of civil and police administration including intelligence officials in the morning to review the situation following the jailbreak.

The state government has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh to any person providing information leading to the arrest of the five undertrial prisoners.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed by the Punjab Police to investigate the escape of the prisoners. Prabodh Kumar, ADGP, Internal Vigilance Cell would head the SIT comprising Paramraj Singh, IGP/Patiala Zone, Ishwar Singh, IGP, Nilabh Kishore, IGP/Counter Intelligence, Amar Singh Chahal, DIG/Patiala Range and Gurmeet Chouhan, SSP/Patiala.