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India: Rajnath Singh seeks report on jailbreak

Home minister seeks tightening of security at all jails in Punjab

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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal about the Nabha jailbreak, in which a hardcore Khalistani terrorist escaped along with five other prisoners, and sought a detailed report from the state government.

The Home Minister, who was in Hyderabad, also asked Badal to take urgent steps to tighten security in all jails in Punjab, officials said.

During the 15-minute telephonic conversation, Badal briefed Singh about the incident and steps taken to nab the culprits.

“I have told the Home Secretary to get a report from the Punjab government immediately. If the Punjab government needs any assistance, we will provide it,” Singh said.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also spoke to the National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and apprised him of the details of the incident. He updated the NSA on steps being taken to apprehend the culprits. Concerned over the incident, Home Ministry asked the Punjab government to send the report as early as possible.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi also spoke to Director General of Punjab Police and asked him to ensure adequate security in all jails in Punjab.