Escaped Khalistani terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo caught in Delhi
24 hours after a sensational jailbreak in Punjab in which armed men helped him and five others run away from the high security Nabha prison. The other prisoners remain missing.
Mintoo’s beard and moustache were trimmed and he was hard to recognise when he was tracked down at the parking lot of the Nizamuddin Railway station, from where he was planning to travel to Mumbai and then to Goa.
One of the men involved in the jailbreak, Parwinder Singh Pinda, was caught last evening in Uttar Pradesh with a huge cache of arms. He told the police that Mintoo and another prisoner Kashmir Singh were not part of the plan that was meant for the escape of Vicky Gounder, a prisoner accused in several cases of murder and highway robbery. Mintoo allegedly found out about the jailbreak plan and tagged along.
49-year-old Mintoo, chief of the banned Khalistan Liberation Force, is accused in more than 10 terror cases, including an attack on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. He was arrested in 2014 when he arrived from Thailand at the Delhi airport.
The Punjab police said he was trying to revive the Khalistan separatist movement and was in touch with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence officers. The opposition accused the government of aiding the break-in.