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Punjab jailbreak: MHA seeks report from state government

Ministry of home affairs on Sunday sought a report from the Punjab Government over the jailbreak incident in which Khalistan Liberation Force chief and noted terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo and four other prisoners escaped from Nabha Jail.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2016 18:20 IST
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A dreaded Sikh militant and four other inmates escaped from high-security Nabha Jail in Patiala district on Sunday.
A dreaded Sikh militant and four other inmates escaped from high-security Nabha Jail in Patiala district on Sunday.(HT Photo)

The ministry of home affairs on Sunday sought a report from the Punjab Government over the jailbreak incident in which Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief and noted terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo and five other prisoners escapedfrom the Nabha Jail earlier in the day.

10 armed men broke into the jail and helped the prisoners’ top escape.

The incident happened early in the morning when the armed men wearing police uniforms fired over 100 rounds at the jail authorities.

The dreaded militant Mintoo was arrested by the Punjab Police from Delhi’s IGI airport on November 2014 when he was on his way back from Thailand.

The 47-year-old is wanted in 10 terror-related cases, including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and 2010 recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force station.

Mintoo took over the KLF in 2009 after he had defected from Wadhawa Singh-led Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).

He is wanted for plotting killings of three Punjab Shiv Sena leaders. He also planted Improvised Explosive Devices at Halwara Air Force station near Ludhiana in 2010.

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