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Jail Break at Nabha (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Lack of prison security)

What was the incident?
At least five armed men in police uniform stormed the high-security Nabha Jail in Punjab and escaped with six prisoner  including Harminder Singh Mintoo, chief of Khalistan Liberation Force.

The incident comes at a time when maximum security is in force on the eve of the Heart of Asia Summit to be held in Amritsar from December 3 to 5.

Who is Harminder Singh Mintoo?
Mintoo, who formed a new outfit after breaking away from Babbar Khalsa International in 2009, was held in November 2014 after he was deported from Thailand. He was linked to 10 terror cases.

Arrest of mastermind
However, hours later, the “mastermind” of the jailbreak, Parminder Singh, was arrested from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district when his getaway vehicle was stopped at a police picket. With security forces on edge, a woman was killed when the police opened fire at a vehicle which jumped a barricade on the PatialaGulha Cheeka road. Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal tweeted he suspected Pakistan’s hand in the jailbreak.



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