Punjab Nabha Jailbreak: Punjab Government Announces Rs. 25 Lakh For Info


The Punjab government today sacked the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Nabha jail and suspended the ADGP (Prisons) after the jailbreak incident, and announced a reward of Rs. 25 lakh for information leading to the arrest of the escapees.

The state government has issued orders to set up an inquiry committee to look into any lapse in security that led to the incident. It will be headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu.

“ADGP (Jails) has been suspended and Jail Superintendent and Deputy Jail Superintendent have been dismissed,” Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, who also holds the home portfolio, told reporters.

ADGP (Railways) Rohit Chaudhary has been appointed as the new ADGP (Jails) in place of M K Tiwari and IPS officer S Bhupati is the new Superintendent of Nabha jail.

Sukhbir Singh Badal rushed to the jail for an on-the-spot review of the situation. Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora is already in Nabha following the incident, a spokesman said.

“Special Investigation team has been asked to submit a report within three days in this regard,” Sukhbir Singh Badal said.

The Deputy Chief Minister said a reward of Rs. 25 lakh will be given for information leading to the arrest of the escapees.

A young woman died after being hit by a bullet when the vehicle she was travelling in jumped a security barrier about 20 km away from the Nabha Jail on Sunday.

Punjab’s Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora admitted that the victim was killed in a case of firing following “mistaken identity”.

Punjab was put on high alert following the Sunday morning sensational jailbreak at the maximum security Nabha Jail, 100 km from Chandigarh, in which some armed men attacked the jail and escaped with six prisoners, including two terrorists and four gangsters