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Nabha jail break mastermind case: UP government orders probe into senior police officer’s role

Principal Secretary, home, Arvind Kumar said through media, it had come to the notice of the government that allegations were levelled against a senior police officer regarding the detention and release of a criminal from Punjab.

lucknow Updated: Sep 21, 2017 14:38 IST
Rohit K Singh
Rohit K Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Nabha jail break,Mastermind,UP government

Uttar Pradesh government has ordered an inquiry into the alleged involvement of a senior police officer in the ‘detention’ and subsequent disappearance of the mastermind of Nabha jail break in Patiala -- Gopi Ghanshampura alias Gurupreet Singh.

Principal Secretary, home, Arvind Kumar said through media, it had come to the notice of the government that allegations were levelled against a senior police officer regarding the detention and release of a criminal from Punjab.

He said the government had taken note of media reports and a high-level inquiry headed by an ADG-level officer had been ordered.

Kumar said an inquiry would be conducted to unravel the truth behind the entire controversy and the involvement of the senior police officer.

However, there was no confirmation about the name of the officer, who has been accused of releasing the criminal.

The Uttar Pradesh and Punjab police are reportedly puzzled over the mysterious detention and subsequent disappearance of the mastermind of Nabha jail break in Patiala – Gopi Ghanshampura alias Gurupreet Singh – from Lucknow.

Sources said the information of Ghanshampura’s detention went viral when one of his close accomplices, Harjinder Singh Bhullar alias Vicky Gounder, who had also escaped during the jail break along with five others, posted a message about it on his facebook wall around a week ago.

The post read that police detained Ghanshampura from a Lucknow bus stand on September 10, but his arrest was not shown anywhere in UP or Punjab till Tuesday, said a source.

“Moreover, the arrest of Ghanshampura’s three accomplices, who allegedly tried to free him from police custody by giving ₹45 lakh to a senior police officer in a Lucknow hotel, added more spice to his mysterious detention,” said the source.

He said the Punjab police arrested the three alleged Ghanshampura aides – Sandeep Tewari alias Pintu, Amandeep Singh and Harjinder Singh Kahlon – from Lucknow with help of UP Anti Terror Squad (ATS) on September 15 and later presented them in an Amritsar court in another case of kidnapping. Asim Arun, IG, UP ATS on Tuesday confirmed the trio’s arrest. He said they were held on Punjab police’s tip-off and later handed over to them for further proceedings.

The source said Sandeep Tewari alias Pintu, a local contractor, had contested 2012 Assembly election as a candidate of a national political party from Sultanpur. The other accused Kahlon is one of the petitioners in 1991 fake encounter of 10 Sikh pilgrims in Pilibhit. In the fake counter, the CBI court of Lucknow had sentenced life imprisonment to 47 policemen in April, 2016, he added.

He said the third accused, Amandeep Singh is a businessman of Ranikhet, who has relations with a Punjab liquor trader Rimple. “It was only at Rimple’s request Amandeep had roped in Kahlon and Tewari to reportedly free Ghanshampura from police custody and fix the deal in ₹45 lakh,” said the source.

The source said Ghanshampura was reportedly hiding at different places in UP, including Lucknow and Shahjahpur, after the jail break on November 27, 2016. Ghanshampura moved to Lucknow after Punjab police managed to track his location in Shahjahanpur. He said Ghanshampura was in touch with his accomplices till September 10 and was on Punjab police’s radar.

MAN WHO SUPPLIED ARMS TO GOPI NABBED

The UP Anti Terror Squad (ATS) arrested an accused from Lakhmipur’s Mailani for allegedly supplying firearms to Nabha jail break mastermind Gopi Ghanshampura, on November 27, 2016.

ATS inspector general of police, Asim Arun said the accused was identified as Jitendra Singh Tony, whose name had surfaced in supply of firearms in multiple crime incidents in the past. The IG said he was arrested on inputs provided by Punjab police, who were tracking people involved in Nabha jail break for nearly 10 months.

A source said Tony supplied firearms to Gopi Ghanshampura, who allegedly hatched the jail break conspiracy to free three gangsters, Harjinder Singh Bhullar alias Vicky Gounder, Gurupreet Singh Sekhon alias Sonu Mudki and Kulpreet Singh alias Neeta Deol, lodged in Nabha jail.

In the jail break, three other prisoners including chief of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), Harminder Singh alias Mintoo, militant Kashmir Singh and a gangster, Amandeep Dhotian had also escaped. Ghanshampur along with his accomplices dressed in police uniforms entered the jail in four vehicles and got the gangsters freed by opening indiscriminate fire.

First Published: Sep 21, 2017 14:38 IST