Chief of the banned Khalistan Liberation Force, Harminder Singh ‘Mintoo’, who had escaped the high-security Nabha prison on Sunday was nabbed by the police at Delhi Railways Station on Monday. According to reports, Mintoo was arrested by the Delhi Police. As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, a team of the Punjab Police is expected to be bringing him back to prison. Mintoo and the 5 others had escaped the prison as a group of armed men, dressed policemen stormed the Nabha Central Jail in cars, a little before 9 am on Sunday morning. The group of armed men, dressed as policemen had come to the gate of the jail with two other handcuffed men and claimed that the latter were to be brought back into the prison after their court hearing. following gaining access inside the prison, they snatched the rifle of a policeman and split into groups; one of them running towards the corridor where the 6 prisoners including Mintoo were waiting. And in a matter of 10 minutes and 100 rounds of bullets, the prisoners had been freed.
The hunt then began for the escapees that including the Khalistan terrorist Mintoo. It saw the policemen opening fire at a car near a check-post at around 25 km away from a prison, killing a woman. The police later admitted that it was a case of mistaken identity. It was reported by NDTV that Palwinder Singh Pinda, one of the escapees was caught y the police on the same evening. He the informed the police that Mintoo and Kashmir Singh(another prisoner) were not part of the plan but had tagged along with the plan plotted by Vicky Gounder. Gounder has been accused in several cases of highway robberies and murder.
Minto, 49-year old has been accused in more than 10 terror cases, including an attack on Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Dera Sacha Sauda chief. Punjab Police told NDTV that Mintoo was in contact with the ISI officers from Pakistan and was attempting to revive the Khalistan separatist movement.
A senior police official of the Punjab Police in Chandigarh informed the Deccan Chronicle that Minto was arrested from the railway’s station by the Delhi police after being tipped off by the Punjab police department. He said that they had passed on the information about Mintoo to the Delhi Police. However, it must be noted that Mintoo is only the 2nd of the 6 inmates of the Nabha jail that have been nabbed.