Amandeep Singh Dhothian, one of the six criminals who had fled from high-security Nabha jail, was arrested by Jalandhar city police on Saturday night near the PAP Chowk.
“Amandeep was arrested following a tip-off from near the PAP Complex here late last night,” outgoing Jalandhar commissioner of police Arpit Shukla told the media at a press conference on Sunday. He said police also recovered a .32-bore revolver, seven live cartridges, four SIM cards and Rs 5,000 from his possession. Amandeep, a resident of Dhotian village in Tarn Taran district, is one of the most wanted gangsters in the state, Shukla said.
He is facing 26 heinous cases across the state and is one of the prime accused in the Nabha jailbreak case, he said. With his arrest, Punjab Police have so far arrested four of the six escapees from the Nabha jail.
In a sensational jailbreak, a group of armed men stormed the Nabha jail in police uniforms and managed to free six prisoners — Harminder Singh Mintoo and Kashmir Singh, both militants, and gangsters Dhothian, Vicky Gonder, Gurpreet Sekhon and Neeta Deol — from the high-security jail on November 27 last year. Mintoo was nabbed from Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi while Deol was arrested from Indore in Madhya Pradesh early this year. Vicky Gonder and Kashmir Galwaddi are still absconding.
Shukla said the person who gave information about Amandeep would be given Rs 5 lakh reward.
Sources said that Amandeep fled to Bikaner in Rajasthan after the jailbreak and was in touch with other gangsters on WhatsApp. He was planning to kidnap an Amritsar-based bookie to seek Rs 1 crore as ransom, said sources.
A local court on Sunday sent Amandeep to three-day police custody.