- A group of armed men in police uniforms stormed Punjab’s Nabha Central Jail on November 27 and freed the head of Khalistan Liberation Force, terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo, and four other criminals.
- Harminder Singh Mintoo is a accused in over 10 terror-related cases and was arrested from Delhi in a major breakthrough for Punjab Police’s crackdown on pro Khalistan forces.
Khalistan movement, State response and the consequence
- The Khalistan movement is a political Sikh nationalist movement that wants to create an independent state for Sikh people in Punjab and adjoining areas.
- In the 1980s, movement became violent. The Indian Army had been given the charge to handle the situation.
- The Indian Army forced their way into the Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple and during the army action there was damage to the Temple which angered the Sikhs.
- The then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, and in retaliation thousands of Sikhs were massacred in the 1984 riots.
What this recent jail break signals toward?
- The November 27 jail break is not simply a crime.
- It is an attack on the state and is related to cross border terrorism and complicity of some insiders (Indians) in the same can’t be ruled out.
- The role of insiders in spreading terrorism in India is already being probed after Pathankot attack in which it is still not clear how terrorists entered so deep inside the Pathankot air base, which is a high security zone.
- In the similar modus operandi, armed men in police uniforms, stormed Nabha jail and terrorists were freed.
- Punjab is already under influence of drugs which is supplied from Pakistan and huge amount which is earned is spent in terrorist activities.
- More importantly, there is proven involvement of political heavyweights in the multibillion drugs trade.
- The role of some state actors in incidents like Pathankot or Nabha can’t be ruled out, else it is impossible to enter the airbases or jail and free the terrorists in a typical Bollywood style.
- With public sentiments running against the ruling coalition and also new parties like Aam Aadmi Party and Awaaz-e-Punjab venturing in the electoral battle, is there any conspiracy to create a insurgency type of situation?
- Pakistan’s proxy war methods are well known. They pump millions in Kashmir and border states like Punjab to destabilize India and when they get insiders to work for them for money, it becomes easier!
- Linkages are presented, now State has to investigate thoroughly before these incidents become too big to control like what happened in 1980 where army had to be used and subsequent events like assassination and riots took place.