10 armed men break into Punjab jail, free KLF chief Mintoo, four others

The police have reached the spot and investigations are on.

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Chandigarh, Nov 27: In a major security lapse ten armed men stormed into the Nabha jail in Punjab and took away with them dreaded terrorist and Khalistan Liberation Force Chief, Harminder Singh Mintoo and four others.

The ten armed men wearing police uniforms fired 100 rounds before taking away Mintoo and four others with them. The other gangsters who were freed by the armed men have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, Vicky Gondhra, Nitin Deol and Vikramjeet Singh Vicky.

10 armed men break into Punjab jail

The police have reached the spot and investigations are on. An officer in the Punjab police say that this was a pre-planned operation. There were inputs suggesting that KLF terrorists are likely to free their chief. It is a major security lapse the officer also said.

Mintoo who was wanted in 10 different terror cases was arrested on November 8 2014 at the IGI airport in Delhi. He was arrested while he was returning from Thailand. He is wanted in several cases including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and 2010 recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force station.

Mintoo, 47 had deflected from the Wadhawa Singh-led Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) to take over its splinter outfit KLF in 2009. His arrest was dubbed as a major catch by the Punjab police.

According to the intelligence bureau, Mintoo had been tasked by the ISI to carry out an Independence Day attack in 2014.

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