Khalistan terrorist Mintoo sent to judicial custody till Dec 14
Mintoo was nabbed on November 28 from New Delhi railway station, a day after he escaped with five other inmates from Punjab’s Nabha Jail.india Updated: Dec 13, 2016 01:36 IST
The Patiala House Court on Monday sent Khalistani Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo to judicial custody till December 14.
The court would also consider the Punjab court’s plea seeking the transit remand of Mintoo on December 14.
Mintoo was nabbed on November 28 from New Delhi railway station, a day after he escaped with five other inmates from Punjab’s Nabha Jail.
During his interrogation the self-styled KLF chief had reportedly told interrogators about expansion plans of the KLF through Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
Days before the Nabha jailbreak, he had his last Skype chat with his Pakistan handler Harmeet, a KLF militant who managed to flee to Pakistan, and is living in a safe house under protection of the ISI at Dera Chall village in Lahore.
The ISI had plans to bring militancy in Punjab through the KLF under Mintoo’s leadership, said sources.
Mintoo has bases in countries like Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and ISI had plans to bring back militancy through these sleepers said sources, adding that Mintoo made these contacts during 2009-14.
Germany based KLF sympathisers were sending money to Mintoo through Western Union Money Transfer.
On the day of jailbreak, lakhs of rupees were deposited in a bank account, which was supposed to be handed over to Mintoo by Shagun Sweets owner, who was arrested by the Punjab Police, but Mintoo managed to flee, so he couldn’t get the money, said sources
Sources said a KLF sympathiser, Sandeep, who is based in England, has also sent him money through Hawala channel. He was staying in Malaysia with a fake passport in the name of Bakshish Singh.
“Harminder has accepted of being a Mastermind of the jailbreak. Six months back, he first contacted an inmate Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, who later contacted Vicky to arrange his local criminals to wait for the day suitable for the attack. Parminder being close to Satnam Kaur, Daughter of KLF militant, was given responsibility to arrange the arms. The Punjab police are probing arms trail with assistance of UP police,” said sources.
“Mintoo has revealed of having strong base in Goa. His family shifted to Goa in 1989 and raids are being carried out in Punjab to look for Satnam Kaur. Police teams will also be going to Goa to look for Mintoo’s aide,” sources added.
First Published: Dec 13, 2016 01:36 IST