Harminder Singh Mintoo, the chief of militant outfit Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) died after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest in Patiala central jail on Wednesday.
“Harminder Singh Mintoo suffered a heart attack in Patiala central jail. He was taken to the government hospital in Patiala where he was declared brought dead by doctors,” Punjab Police Inspector General A S Rai said.
The 50-year-old Khalistani terrorist was lodged in jail since 2014. He was facing several criminal and terror charges and was arrested from the Delhi airport in 2014 after he returned from Malaysia.
He was one of the five prisoners who escaped the Nabha jail on November 28, 2016. However, a day later, he was arrested by the police from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station.
A group of armed men in police uniform had stormed the maximum-security jail at Nabha in Patiala district and managed to free six prisoners— Mintoo, Kashmir Singh, and gangsters Amandeep Dhothian, Vicky Gounder, Gurpreet Sekhon and Neeta Deol.
(With inputs from agencies)