In a swift operation, chief of Khalistan Liberation Front militant outfit Harminder Singh Mintoo was arrested here last night within hours of his escape from Nabha jail in Punjab, with Delhi Police saying he was planning to flee abroad, to Malaysia or Germany.
However, high alert continued in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi as about 12 armed dreaded fugitives are still at large.
Two cars used by them in the escape have been found in Haryana’s Kaithal district.
48-year-old Mintoo was nabbed from Nizamuddin railway station’s parking area, marking the second arrest in the sensational jailbreak case of yesterday morning in which 8 people stormed the prison to free six inmates—two militants and four dreaded criminals.
Earlier, Parminder alias Penda was arrested yesterday in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, few hours after the jailbreak. Mintoo, accused in 10 terror cases, was in touch with terror groups in Pakistan, Punjab Director General of Police Suresh Arora said.
Harminder was carrying a sophisticated semi-automatic pistol along with six live cartridges when he was arrested, Arvind Deep, Special Commissioner of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, told reporters here today.
“He had bought a (train) ticket for Panvel and from there he had plans to go to Mumbai and then to Goa. He had good contacts in Goa since he had stayed there for 18 years from 1989 to 2007,” Deep said while giving details of the arrest effected nearly 200 km from the scene of the crime.
Finally, Harminder planned to flee to Germany or Malaysia, where he had good contacts since he had stayed there, police sources said. He was produced before a court here which sent him to seven days’ police custody.
During interrogation, Harminder said the jailbreak was under planning for the last six months and its masterminds and executors were Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and Harjinder Singh who are members of a criminal gang, said DCP (Special Cell) P S Kushwah.