A group of armed men wearing police uniforms attacked a high-security Nabha jail in Punjab early on November 27 and fled with dreaded militant and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh alias Mintoo and four other gangsters.
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Harminder Singh Mintoo, 47, accused in multiple terror-related cases, was arrested from Delhi airport in November 2014 in a major breakthrough for Punjab Police’s crackdown on pro-Khalistan forces.
Mintoo’s arrest was seen as a big success for anti-terror operations in Punjab, which battled Sikh insurgency for almost three decades till early 1990s.
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The four gangsters who fled with Mintoo were Vicky Gondar, Gurpreet Sekhon, Neeta Deol and Vikramjit.
Security has been stepped up and an alert sounded in Punjab and neighbouring states following the jail break.
Mintoo’s aide Gopi was tasked with executing targeted killings of Hindu leaders in 2013, which the Punjab Police foiled.
Following the incident, the Punjab government suspended the Director General (Jails) and dismissed the Nabha Jail superintendent and deputy jail superintendent and set up a special task force to look into the Nabha jailbreak incident.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal said a special investigation team under the ADGP rank officer has also been constituted which shall look into lapses as well as any conspiracy theories surrounding the jail break incident.
The Khalistan Liberation Force was founded after the 1984 Operation Bluestar when the Indian Army stormed the holiest Sikh shrine the Golden Temple in Amritsar to flush out militants, triggering widespread anger.