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Who is responsible for Nabha jailbreak incident?

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] group of armed men, disguised as cops broke into Nabha jail on Sunday morning  and helped as many as six inmates, including Khalistan Liberation Force militant Harminder Singh Mintoo, escape. It’s really ridiculous to hear about the jail break incident where the security officers of the prison have proven to be incompetent. Mintoo is the dreaded Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief – who was the member of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI). In 2009, he left Wadhawa Singh-led Babbar Khalsa International and revived Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF). He used to operate from Thailand before he was arrested by Punjab Police from Delhi’s IGI Airport in 2014. He was arrested while he was on his way back from Thailand. Mintoo was a frequent visitor to Pakistan and there are reports that he had a backing of Pakistan’s ISI. He was involved in 10 terror-related cases, including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and 2010 recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force station near Ludhiana. Those who escaped include gangster Vicky Gondar, Gurpreet Sekhon, Nita Deol and Vikramjeet.

Why these jail breaks are happening ahead of elections and what BJP government is exactly trying to prove? Even earlier, the Pakistan based terrorist walked into the top Air base in Pathankot and attacked – despite Pakistan government sharing information about that terror attack plan. The accused in various anti-national activities just escaped from Madhya Pradesh jail – and they were all murdered without a judicial trail. Eye witnesses say they were totally unarmed. Now, we have a very core terrorist escaping from jail. BJP government runs the security with a theatre like attitude – which is not good for India.

Finally, when all theories flopped, the Punjab government announced Rs. 25 lakh reward to any person providing information leading to arrest of escaped prisoners. What is the reason behind these people being freed by security personnel and politicians? Is this something to do with the upcoming elections? Will Badal’s political survival without pleasing Khalistan militants not be possible? Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal desperate and was spamming the Tweets to react against the incident. He said the government would “uncover the conspiracy” behind the jailbreak “at all costs.” He also stated that DGP Suresh Arora has been asked to investigate the incident. I am ready to buy his assurance only if he dares to speak the truth as same aggression was shown when Pathankot attacks took place, but so far nothing is established or none is jailed, prosecuted or punished. I agree, people have very short memory, but one has to believe there are some people who will be reminding the misdeeds of government time and again.

Every time Badal government blamed Pakistan for their security laps and failure, earlier too after losing five Defence Security Corps personnel, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar admitted to “some gaps” that led to the terror attack on the Air Force base in Pathankot in which all the six infiltrators, who used some “Pakistan-made” equipment, have been killed. We are losing one after another army men but government is yet to understand the importance of lives. Now the dreaded terrorists, imprisoned in highly secured jails are roaming scot free. During Pathankot attack, the terrorists were carrying 40-50 kg of bullets, mortars, which were fired from modified Under-Barrel Grenade Launcher besides some magazines. No one knows how the terrorist reached such a sensitive area but still Parrikar felt there was no compromise on security.

Anyway, once the investigations are over, things will become clear provided government is honest enough to state the fact. People of this country are worried as to how the terrorists have managed to come inside the base which has a perimeter of 24 km and located in an area of about 2,000 acres. And now how they entered inside jail?

Modi is the same politician when in opposition, used to be aggressive on Pakistan to teach them a lesson and now gazing on their dinners and dawats and silent over the terror attacks. Enemy is not outside India. It is within India. Drugs, corruption, material pleasures, alcohol, raping, money laundering, betting, political ambition, greed of power etc gives way to terror in the country. The security forces must remain on high alert on all important days. Multi-layer security cordon is vital for all installations. High-tech gadgets must be used. Under emergency, a signal must alert all concerned. All vital areas must be inspected by experts from IIT/IIMs/IISc/TIFR for their suggestions. I would say we lack technology and patriotism to overcome such attacks. As there was intelligence report stating possible terror attack, I wonder how terrorist could sneak in. Inspite of having all intimations and reports on attack what must have prevented our security personals and government to prepare for such attacks?

The Army and its units having been deployed locally are familiar with the terrain, its advantages and its problems. Pushing in an NSG contingent that was totally unfamiliar with the situation and the terrain is an incomprehensible step which cannot be explained, now coming back to jail break, I have the same question. Unless and until people those entered inside the jail were not familiar with the location cannot be so successful in making others to escape. Sukhbir Badal blames Pakistan, who is in alliance with BJP in Punjab. Why the Modi government is always indulging into blame games and washing their hands from terror attacks without taking any responsibility of such crucial national security incidences and how long do we Indians tolerate it?

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Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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