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Pakistan could be behind Nabha jailbreak, says Sukhbir Badal; Rs. 25 lakhs announced for information

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Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday voiced apprehension that Pakistan could be behind the sensational Nabha jailbreak, saying the neighbouring country was “desperate to revive terrorism” after the Army conducted the surgical strike across the LoC.  However, the Punjab Government has announced a reward of Rs. 25 lakhs to any person providing information leading to the arrest of six escaped under-trial prisoners.

“Pakistan desperate to revive terror post surgical strike. Could be behind jail break,” Sukhbir said, after he spoke to the national security advisor Ajit Doval.

Informing the media, he said that the Director General of Police (Jail) has been suspended, while the Superintendent and the Deputy Superintendent of Police of the jail have been dismissed.

Badal said that a separate Additional Director General of Police-led team has been tasked to assess the incident that led to the jail break.

“The state home Secretary will give me a report on wherever lapses have taken place and strict action will be taken on the responsible one,” said Badal.

However, the Deputy CM said that there was no need to worry. “They (prisoners) will not be allowed to run away. Police is after them. We will catch them soon,” he said.

Additional Director General of Police, Internal Vigilance Cell, Prabodh Kumar would head the SIT comprising IGP, Patiala Zone, Paramraj Singh; IGP Ishwar Singh; IGP, Counter Intelligence, Nilabh Kishore; DIG, Patiala Range, Amar Singh Chahal; and Patiala SSP Gurmeet Chouhan.

A woman was killed in police firing on Sunday as the vehicle she was travelling in allegedly tried to speed through a check post set up near the Haryana border in Patiala district in the wake of a jailbreak in Nabha.

A bike-borne man was also injured in the shooting. After the escape of dreaded militant and Khalistan Liberation Force “chief” Harminder Singh alias Mintoo from the Nabha high-security jail, the Punjab police sounded an alert and a check post was set up near Dharamheri village, 25 km from Patiala.

According to the police, they signalled the Swift Dzire car (HR-60B-2657) to stop for checking but the driver tried to speed past the officers. It was then that a constable opened fire on the vehicle.

Amarinder Singh said the incident has exposed a “complete breakdown of law and order” in the state, while triggering fears of revival of terrorism ahead of the Assembly elections. The “shocking manner” in which the gangsters walked into the high-security jail and freed a dreaded Khalistani terrorist along with other convicts clearly shows complicity at the highest levels, he told reporters during the second day of the his road show in Sangrur.

Amarinder said the law and order situation in the state had “deteriorated to unprecedented levels” under the Badal regime, especially in the run-up to the Assembly polls.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari pointed out the lack of law and order in the state.

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