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Constable ‘in love with gangster’ held for aiding Nabha jailbreak accused

‘Fascinated’: Arrested student leaders named the cops as conduits for supplying drugs, money in jail.

punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2017 09:29 IST
Vishal Rambani
Vishal Rambani
Hindustan Times, Patiala
Nabha jailbreak,in love with gangster,Arrested student leaders
(Left to right) Accused AJS Rupa Singh and constable Karanjot Sharma, ang gangster Neeta Deol.

An assistant jail superintendent (AJS) and a constable were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly helping Kulpreet Singh alias Neeta Deol, main accused in last year’s Nabha jailbreak who has since been rearrested, with drugs, SIM cards and mobile phones, besides cash, inside the Patiala jail where he is now lodged. While the AJS, Rupa Singh, did it for money, constable Karanjot Sharma, who was deputed in Nabha jail earlier, did it because she was “fascinated by his lifestyle” and they had a “love affair”, investigators told HT.

Their arrests come after interrogation of student leaders Armandeep Singh Cheema of Patiala, who is president of the Gandhi Group Students Union’s (GGSU) Chandigarh campus unit of Panjab University, and Harman Singh Virk of Samana, who is chief patron of the union; both were arrested near Rajpura on Tuesday on similar charges.

“They named Rupa Singh and constable Karanjot as their conduit to supply drugs, mobiles and money inside the Patiala central jail to the accused of Nabha jailbreak.”

“They named Rupa Singh and constable Karanjot as their conduit to supply drugs, mobiles and money inside the Patiala central jail to the accused of Nabha jailbreak. And their claims were corroborated with evidences. Thus, the police arrested both the officials,” said Gurmeet Singh Chauhan, AIG, organised crime control unit (OCCU), who is leading the probe.

While Rupa Singh is to retire at the end of this month, Karanjot, 26, is a 2012-batch constable.“She was fascinated with Neeta, and fell in his trap,” claimed inspector Bikram Brar, who is part of the investigation team.

“These student leaders used to supply the items to both the officials outside the jail. Beside, that woman constable was in direct touch with the main accused (Neeta), whom she had met during duty at the Nabha jail,” said Chauhan.

He said there is a possibility that more jail staff are involved.

Pertinently, soon after the jailbreak in November last year, police had arrested Nabha jail’s then assistant superintendent Bhim Singh and warder Jagmeet Singh for helping the gangsters who had fled.

AAP rally under scanner

With the arrest of GGSU leaders Armandeep Cheema and Harman Virk, reported funding for the Aam Aadmi Party has also come under scanner, as both accused had held a massive rally for it during the elections held early this year.

“Harman had held a rally that was addressed by AAP MP (and now Punjab unit chief) Bhagwant Mann and (the then AAP state convener) Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi. The rally was show of stregnth of almost 10,000 people. These men had anticipated an AAP government, so had started coming close to the party leadership, especially Bhagwant Mann,” said a probe officer. “We are investigating as to where these men got the funds from for the rally.”

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 09:29 IST