A day after the sensational escape of six inmates, including two terrorists, from the high security Nabha jail, the police booked 29 people, including nine prison employees.
Inspector general of police (IGP), Patiala range, Paramraj Singh Umranagal, who is part of special investigation team (SIT), on Monday said assistant jail superintendent Bhim Singh, who had met the inmates a day before the incident, is among the accused.
The other staffers booked include jail warden Jagmit Singh, constables Hans Singh and Jaswinder Singh. The assailants had snatched self-loading rifles (SLRs) from the two constables before helping the inmates flee.
Head constable Sahib Singh and three Punjab Ex-Servicemen Security Corporation (PESCO) security personnel, identified as Tek Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Khan, have also been named in the FIR.
Besides, six inmates who fled the jail, including Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo who was re-arrested in Delhi on Monday, 15 unidentified persons have also been booked in the case for helping the prisoners escape.
The case was registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 392 (robbery), 223 (escape from confinement or custody due to negligence by public servant), 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons) and 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed with a common object) of the Indian Penal Code and 25, 54, and 59 of the Arms Act at the kotwali police station, Nabha.
On Sunday, the state government had dismissed jail superintendent Paramjit Singh and deputy superintendent Karanjit Singh, besides suspending additional director general of police (ADGP-prisons) MK Tiwari.
Meanwhile, the SIT, led by ADGP Pardbodh Kumar, visited the Nabha jail and inspected the CCTV footage therein. They also questioned several jail officials.
The state government has beefed up the jail security after the daring escape.