Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, who escaped from the Nabha jail along with six others before being rearrested last year, was on Thursday acquitted of planting improvised explosive devices at Halwara Air Force Station near Ludhiana in 2010.
The court of additional sessions judge Amrinder Singh Shergill acquitted Mintoo, citing lack of evidence. Suffering from “heart disease” and “high blood pressure”, Mintoo did not appear in court.
Four other accused in the case were already acquitted in 2013.
The Ludhiana Rural police had claimed to have recovered explosives, including an improvised explosive device (IED), from an abandoned Maruti car near the Halwara airbase on January 24, 2010. A case was registered against Mintoo and four others – Bakshish Singh, Pargat Singh, Jasbir Singh and Harjant Singh — at the Sudhar police station.
Mintoo’s advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur said Bakshish Singh had claimed that Mintoo helped them plant the explosives. However, there was no evidence, and even Bakshish was acquitted in 2013, he said.
Following the Nabha jailbreak on November 27 last year, Mintoo was rearrested within a day from Delhi. He had trimmed his long beard to conceal his identity. According to police, he wanted to flee to Germany via Goa. Mintoo hails from Dalli village in Jalandhar.