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Cops had jailbreak tip-off, claims FIR

Patiala, In a startling revelation, it has come to the fore that the Punjab Police were fully aware of the nefarious designs of the Nabha Jail conspirators and they had registered an FIR on June 3, 2016, in this regard.

The name of Hong Kong-based financer-cum-handler Ramanjit Singh alias Romi was mentioned in the FIR, which stated that he might try and rescue his accomplice from the Nabha jail.

The FIR was registered at Kotwali police station, Nabha, wherein SHO Vasdev Singh had mentioned that he had information from his reliable sources that Romi might help his accomplice to flee.

It further stated that during a naka, Romi along with Jagseer Singh alias Seera Sidhana, Saraj Singh and an unidentified person was spotted near Bauran Gate, Nabha.

Based on the FIR, the police arrested Romi along with five others and recovered two cars, a .32 bore pistol with nine live cartridges, two Chinese mastercards and 27 Chinese credit cards from their possession.

After his arrest, the police learnt that Romi had fled to Hong Kong when the Bathinda police booked him in a case and he tried to collect money for criminal activities there. He sent huge amounts to criminal groups in Punjab and later returned with credit cards to dupe China-based banks by hacking the accounts with the help of data from the cards.

Despite this, Romi was sent to the same jail (Nabha) where he stayed for sometime before  his bail application was accepted. He later jumped the bail and again fled to Hong Kong. Romi was in touch with gangster Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, lodged in Nabha jail, and he helped him with monetary aid to execute the jailbreak in November. Sekhon was one of the six prisoners who fled. He was arrested last Sunday from Moga.

The incident has once again pointed fingers at the capability of the state police in averting the jailbreak despite having prior information. When contacted, Ashish Choudhary, DIG, Patiala Range, admitted that a case had been registered, but claimed that during investigation, it was found that Romi was planning to execute some forgery with the help of fake credit cards. "Romi and his accomplice were arrested on suspicion. During the investigations, nothing came out that could be related to the jailbreak planning," he claimed.

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