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Mintoo handed over to Punjab police, court grants 5-day custody

punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2016 22:06 IST

Harminder Singh Mintoo in Punjab police custodyin Nabha on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

A Nabha court on Thursday sent Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo to police remand till December 20, after he was handed over to Punjab Police by its Delhi counterparts.

Mintoo was re-arrested on November 28 from New Delhi railway station, a day after he escaped with five other inmates from Punjab’s high-security Nabha Jail. Earlier, Mintoo was sent to judicial custody till December 14 by a Delhi court and it also decided to consider Punjab’s plea seeking the transit remand of Mintoo on Wednesday.

Punjab Police presented Mintoo in the Nabha court and sought 12 days’ remand arguing that they have leads indicating his links with banned terrorist outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Objecting to the plea, Mintoo’s counsel said Delhi Police had already interrogated him for 14 days and nothing substantial has come up indicating his links with any of the BKI and the ISI. His counsel also sought relaxation on medical grounds.

Mintoo was arrested in November 2014 after being deported from Thailand. He is an accused in 10 terror cases, including a 2008 attack on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and the recovery of explosives from Halwara air force station in 2010.

Meanwhile, other accused in the Nabha jailbreak case, Bikkar Singh, Gurpreet Singh Mangewal and Palwinder Singh alias Pinda, who spearheaded the attack on the jail, were on Wednesday sent to police remand till December 20.