Nabha jailbreak mastermind’s aides held in Dehradun

Geeta Arora, wife of Penda’s friend Sunil Arora with whom the jailbreak mastermind was staying in a rented accommodation, and an aide Aditya Mehra were arrested


Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo (centre) comes out after being produced at Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Monday.  Photo: PTI
Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo (centre) comes out after being produced at Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: PTI

Dehradun: Two close aides of Nabha jailbreak mastermind Parminder Singh alias Penda have been arrested with police suspecting that the incident may have been plotted at their hideout in Dehradun.

Geeta Arora, wife of Penda’s friend Sunil Arora with whom the jailbreak mastermind was staying in a rented accommodation in the city’s Raipur area, and an aide Aditya Mehra were arrested from their hideout on Monday, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sadanand Date said.

However, Sunil Arora along with another accomplice managed to escape, he said. Sunil is a close friend of Penda who was staying with the Aroras for six months till he left the city five days ahead of the jailbreak to execute it. Date said the jailbreak in all likelihood was plotted at their hideout in the city. Several fake vehicle number plates, voter IDs, sim cards, mobile phones, bullets, material used for making a bomb and Rs2 lakh in cash have been recovered from the house where the duo was arrested, the SSP said.

Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, who had escaped from Nabha jail in Punjab along with five other inmates on Sunday, was nabbed from the Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi.

Parminder shifted to high-security barrack
Parminder Singh, the alleged “mastermind” of the daring daylight jailbreak in Punjab, has been shifted to a high security prison in the district, jail officials said on Tuesday. Singh along with Khalistan Liberation Front militant outfit Harminder Mintoo and four other prisoners escaped after armed men in police uniform stormed the high-security Nabha prison at Patiala in Punjab on 27 November .

Singh was arrested from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district on the day itself when the getaway vehicle was stopped at a police picket. Superintendent of district jail Rakesh Singh said the accused, Parminder Singh, was shifted to a high security barrack on Monday. No inmate is allowed to meet him, he said, adding that security of the jail has been upped. An alert has been sounded in 65 district jails of Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the Nabha jailbreak.

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