Inmate Jeet Singh, who was working in the farms at the rare end of the jail was found missing during the evening count of the inmates, sending the jail authorities in a tizzy. It is being believed that Jeet Singh scaled the jail’s boundary walls and escaped into the Mehas wildlife sanctuary, which is located adjacent to the Maximum Security Jail.
Surprisingly, Jeet’s jail term was coming to an end next year and he was also to leave for a 42-day off on January 1 to visit his relatives. Jail superintendent Iqbal Singh Brar said Jeet had been granted parole on a number of occasions which he never jumped.
He had been shifted to the Nabha Maximum Security Jail from New District Jail about three months back and according to the jail staffers he would spend most of his time performing sewa at the Jail Gurudwara.
Soon after it was confirmed that Jeet Singh was missing, the jail authorities reported the matter to the local police which registered a case against the inmate and also sent out teams to track him down. However, till Thursday there had been no information about the inmate.
The jail had come under an attack by the gangsters in November 2016 during which six inmates including two terrorists including Harminder Singh Mintoo and Kashmir Singh along with Vicky Gounder, Aman Dhothian, Gurpreet Sekhon and Neeta Deol were freed during which the jail security could not fire even a single shot while the gangster rained bullets and made an easy escape. Out of these Kashmir Singh is still at large, while Vicky Gounder was killed in a police encounter and Mintoo, who was arrested from Delhi later died at the Patiala Central Jail. The remaining accused were also arrested along with 36 facilitator and conspirators of the jailbreak by the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) of the state police.
DSP Nabha Devinder Attri said police teams had carried out a number of raids till Thursday evening, but Jeet Singh continued to be elusive. He said a case under the relevant sections of the law had been registered in this regard.
While, there have been instances of inmates escaping custody during visits to visits to courts or hospitals, but it is for the first time that an inmate managed to escape from inside the jail without being noticed.