This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Punjab Congress President, Amarinder Singh, demanded on Monday that the investigation of Nabha jailbreak case should be handed over to CBI because it hints of deep-rooted conspiracy “which has deepened” with the arrest of Khalistan Liberation Front chief, Harminder Singh Mintoo. In his remarks, Mr. Singh alleged that “since the Punjab Police DGP Suresh Arora has already admitted to conspiracy and connivance in the matter, the case should not be probed by the Punjab Police and handed over to CBI for an independent investigation.”
Furthermore, Mr. Singh accused the ruling Akalis of “resorting to communal polarisation when faced with imminent defeat” as he alleged that “the jail break incident also pointed to such an attempt by the state government.” In response to Mintoo’s arrest within 24 hours of his dramatic escape from Nabha jail in Patiala district, Amarinder warned that this matter should not be pushed under the carpet with the arrest of Mintoo and there should be a thorough probe.
Mr. Singh stressed that “it is a clear case of connivance” and since Mintoo was nabbed in Delhi, the case could jointly be probed by the CBI and the IB, with support from the Delhi police. He pointed out that “the ease of his arrest belied Sukhbir Badal’s claims of a Pakistani role in the escape of the hardcore terrorist, who has about a dozen terror cases against him,” adding that “had the whole thing been plotted from across the border, Mintoo would have by now escaped out of India, instead of waiting in Delhi to be nabbed.”
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