IPS of­fi­cer cleared in re­lease of Nabha jail­break ac­cused

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB - Press Trust of In­dia let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

LUC­KNOW: A se­nior IPS of­fi­cer has been given clean chit by a high­level in­quiry com­mit­tee, formed fol­low­ing re­ports of his al­leged role in the ar­rest and sub­se­quent re­lease of an ac­cused in the Nabha jail­break case.

The Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment had or­dered a high-level in­quiry on Septem­ber 20 fol­low­ing me­dia re­ports that Gur­preet Singh alias Gopi Ghyan­shyam­pura was de­tained and sub­se­quently re­leased at the be­hest of this IPS of­fi­cer.

“The in­quiry, headed by an ADG-rank of­fi­cer, has found that false and mis­lead­ing al­le­ga­tions were lev­elled against the IPS of­fi­cer through the me­dia,” a state home de­part­ment spokesper­son said on Fri­day.

He added that the mo­tive of these al­le­ga­tions ap­pears to hin­der the probe by the spe­cial task force (STF) against the or­gan­ised gangs of crim­i­nals, and ac­tion will be taken against those found re­spon­si­ble for it.

In a sen­sa­tional jail­break, a group of armed men stormed Nabha jail in Pa­tiala dis­trict in po­lice uni­forms and man­aged to free six pris­on­ers— Har­min­der Singh Min­too and Kash­mir Singh, both ter­ror­ists, and gang­sters Dhoth­ian, Vicky Gounder, Gur­preet Sekhon and Neeta Deol—on Novem­ber 27 last year.

Gur­preet Singh was re­port­edly hid­ing at dif­fer­ent places in Ut­tar Pradesh, in­clud­ing at Luc­know and Shah­ja­han­pur.

The anti-ter­ror­ism squad (ATS) had ar­rested three per­sons, San­deep Ti­wari alias Pintu, Aman­deep Singh and Har­jin­der Singh, on Septem­ber 15 from Luc­know.

The trio had re­port­edly struck a deal with the IPS of­fi­cer in ques­tion for ₹45 lakh to free Gur­preet, of­fi­cial sources said.

As the con­tro­versy erupted, the STF is­sued a clar­i­fi­ca­tion stat­ing that the said me­dia re­ports were “mis­lead­ing”.

“The state­ments of peo­ple and of­fi­cials con­cerned were recorded dur­ing the course of in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a team also vis­ited Pun­jab to meet and record state­ments of of­fi­cials and ac­cused per­sons,” the spokesper­son said.

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