Ten armed men reportedly broke into the Nabha jail in Punjab on Sunday morning and freed Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo and four other gangsters from the prison. High alert has been sounded in Punjab, reports ANI.
Reports also said that the armed men were wearing police uniform and fired over over 100 rounds of ammunition at police personnel. ANI reported that the police are now at the spot and a probe has been initiated.
The four other gangsters who have been freed are Gurpreet Singh, Vicky Gondar, Nitin Deol and Vikramjeet Singh, according to ANI.
Chandigarh Tribune also reported that DGP law and order HS Dhillon has confirmed the jailbreak.
Several check posts have been set up across Punjab, reported CNN-News18.
The news channel also reported that Mintoo was a high-profile criminal who had links with the Inter-Serivces Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan. Mintoo was arrested by Punjab Police from Delhi’s IGI Airport in 2014, in connection with 10 cases, including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force station in 2010.
This incident took place in a maximum security prison at around 8.30 am.