Amarinder Singh demands Nabha jailbreak case be handed over to CBI

Amarinder Singh also accused the ruling Akalis of "resorting to communal polarisation when faced with imminent defeat"
Captain Amarinder Singh : Punjab Congress president

Soon after Khalistan militant leader Harminder Singh Mintoo, who had fled with four others, was arrested in near Delhi, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh has demanded handing over of the jailbreak case to the CBI, alleging a deep-rooted conspiracy.

The Congress leader said: “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.”

Amarinder Singh also accused the ruling Akalis of “resorting to communal polarisation when faced with imminent defeat”, according to a news agency report.

Amarinder, in a statement, alleged, “The jailbreak incident also pointed to such an attempt by the state government.”

Amarinder warned against allowing the matter to be pushed under the carpet with the arrest of Mintoo, and called for a thorough probe.

“It is a clear case of connivance,” he maintained and added that since Mintoo was nabbed in Delhi, the case could jointly be probed by the CBI and the IB, with support from the Delhi Police. “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,” said Amarinder.

The Congress leader said: “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.”

The former Punjab Chief Minister also demanded “meticulous interrogation” of Mintoo by independent agencies to get at the root of the conspiracy.

“With the entire police and administrative machinery in Punjab in the grip of the Akalis, such blatant incidents of law and order breakdown were to be expected in the run-up to the Assembly polls in the state,” he said.

Khalistani Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo who had fled with four others after the jail was stormed by 10 gunmen, was on Monday nabbed from Delhi railway station.