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18 Nabha jailbreak convicts get 10-year imprisonment

Mar 24, 2023 12:51 AM IST

Seven years after the sensational Nabha maximum security prison break, a Patiala district court on Thursday sentenced 22 accused to jail terms ranging from three to 20 years.

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Of the 22 convicts, 18 will undergo 10-year jail term, two 20-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and another two will spend five years and three years behind the bars (Representational Photo)
Of the 22 convicts, 18 will undergo 10-year jail term, two 20-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and another two will spend five years and three years behind the bars (Representational Photo)

Seven years after the sensational Nabha maximum security prison break, a Patiala district court on Thursday sentenced 22 accused to jail terms ranging from three to 20 years.

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Of the 22 convicts, 18 will undergo 10-year jail term, two 20-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and another two will spend five years and three years behind the bars.

They were held guilty by the court of additional district and sessions judge HS Grewal on Tuesday.

On November 27, 2016, 15 gangsters dressed as police officials infiltrated the high-security jail and managed to free four of their associates and two militants, including Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo.

Mitoo, gangsters Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, Neeta Deol, and Amandeep Dhotian were arrested again, while notorious gangster Vicky Gounder was killed in an encounter. Another militant Kashmir Singh remains at large. Mintoo died due to cardiac arrest in 2018.

Escapees Neeta Deol, Sekhon and Dhotian were awarded 10-year imprisonment. Bikkar Singh and Sukchain Singh will undergo rigorous Imprisonment for 20 years, as they were also convicted under the NDPS Act.

A total of 28 arrests were made in the case, including four escapees, 11 executors and 13 other persons who helped the gangsters involved in this jailbreak.

The others awarded punishment are Manvir Singh alias Mani Sekhon, Gurpreet Singh Khorra, Harjot Singh alias Jot, Bikkar Singh, Rajvinder Singh alias Raju Sultan, Palwinder Singh alias Pinda, Gurjeet alias Ladda, Ravinder Singh alias Geyana, Sulkhan Singh alias Babbar, Jagmeet Singh, Sukhchain Singh alias Sukhi, Jagatveer Singh alias Jagta, Kiranpal Singh alias Kirna, Manjinder Singh, Sunil Kalra and Aman Kumar.

The court held them guilty under Sections 120 (B), 395, 307, 353, 186, 148, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code.

The police had also invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or UAPA, against the accused, but the court dropped it while framing the charges.

As per the police theory, Romi provided funds while gangsters Gurpreet Singh Sekhon and Neeta Doel, who were close to Mintoo, took up the challenge to break into the jail.

During the planning stage, videos of the jail security were made and sent outside. The planners also did the recce before infiltrating the jail on November 27, 2016.

While the gangsters fired indiscriminately, the police couldn’t fire a single bullet. Sulakhan Singh Mattewal, Prema Lahoria, and Gurpreet Gopi were dressed as policemen and opened fire to free their associates, while others provided covering fire, officials had said.

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    Vishal Rambani is an assistant editor covering Punjab. A journalist with over a decade of experience, he writes on politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues. He has several investigative stories to his credit.

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