Did the police know that Ramanjit Singh, alias Romi, a fugitive who allegedly aided last November’s Nabha jailbreak, was already trying to help gangsters escape months before that too? At least that’s what the first-information report (FIR) after his June 2016 arrest said.
Romi, a native of Bathinda, jumped bail and escaped to Hong Kong after around two months of his arrest. He had been arrested by the Nabha police last June with a stolen white Honda City car carrying various weapons and fake number plates. The police booked him under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act while stating in the FIR that Romi, who had then come to India from Hong Kong, was “supplying money to the gangsters lodged inside the high security jail of Nabha”.
Yet, he was sent to the same jail when Nabha itself has another jail. His “easy” arrest and ending up in that jail has also raised questions. As per sources, an officer of the intelligence wing had also submitted a report indicating the possibility of an attack and escape bid at the jail a few days before the November 27 strike in which six criminals escaped.
Three of those men have been rearrested, and their interrogation has revealed that Romi was the one providing the money and help to eventually join him in Hong Kong.
Asked about reasons for keeping Romi in the same jail after his June arrest, Nabha deputy superintendent of police Jaskirat Singh first said, “The case was registered in Nabha, so he was kept in the Nabha jail!” Asked why not in the other jail in Nabha, he said, “The one he was kept in is a maximum-security jail. Who could have anticipate the incident (November jailbreak)?”
As per police statements now, Romi was in touch with gangster Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, who was also lodged in the same jail, and had helped him with money to execute the attack on the jail that occurred in November. Sekhon was rearrested by the police last Sunday from a Moga village.