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Police uniforms arranged a day before Nabha jailbreak

Press Trust of India  |  Patiala 

Police uniforms in which the armed men stormed the Nabha jail were arranged a day before the sensational jailbreak, police said today.

During the interrogation of Palwinder Singh Pinda, who was brought here from Uttar Pradesh, it was revealed that all the accused involved in the jailbreak incident at Nabha had assembled fire arms, and police uniforms were arranged a day before the incident in the house of one Gurpreet Singh, resident of Moga, police said today.

"It was here that they finalised and rehearsed the execution of plan to free prisoners from Nabha jail," said a police official.

Acting on the input, parties were dispatched to Moga district under the supervision of SP (Investigation Patiala and Mohali).

As a result of which the accused Gurpreet was arrested from the area of Patran police station when he was trying to escape to Uttar Pradesh, police said.

During the search of his vehicle, a 9 mm pistol along with ammunition, an another weapon .380 with ammunition and a car were seized, they said.

The car, which was in his possession, was snatched at gun point from Mohali a few months back, police said.

They said the arrest of Gurpreet was significant as he was providing logistics, funds and a safe house for these gangsters for quite sometime.

Further investigation is on, police said.

Gurpreet was arrested for allegedly harbouring gangsters, a night before they attacked the high-security jail.

Pinda, who facilitated the escape of six prisoners, including two terrorists, from Nabha jail was sent to police custody for 11 days by a local court here.

He was brought from on transit remand and produced before the Nabha court last night.

Meanwhile, the three accused - assistant jail superintendent Bhim Singh, head warden and a sweet shop owner Tejinder Sharma, who were arrested yesterday, on the charges of abetment and criminal conspiracy - were remanded in police custody till December 9 by the local court.

In a sensation jailbreak, a group of armed men stormed the Nabha jail in police uniforms and managed to free six prisoners - Harminder Singh Mintoo, Kashmir Singh and gangsters Amandeep Dhothian, Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Sekhon and Neeta Deol - from the high security jail at Nabha in Patiala district on Sunday.

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 21:42 IST