Punjab Police Accuses UP IG Of Taking Rs 45 Lakh Bribe To Release Khalistani Terrorist

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| September 21 , 2017 , 08:25 IST

Punjab police have alleged that a senior IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh police holding a rank of Inspector General took a bribe of Rs 45 lakh to release Khalistani terrorist Gopi Ghanshyampura, the main accused in the high-security Nabha jailbreak that took place last year.

According to reports, the Punjab police submitted an audio recording as proof of the alleged deal after which UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called for a high-level probe by DGP Sulkhan Singh and principal home secretary Arvind Kumar.

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"A probe by an officer of the rank of additional director general (ADG) will be initiated following UP home secretary taking cognizance of the incident," DGP Singh said.

Punjab anti-terrorist squad (ATS) IG Vijay Pratap Singh, IG had said to TOI, "We are trying to trace one of the key conspirators of the jailbreak, Gopi, who was last seen on September 10 in Shahjahanpur but managed to flee."

Over the past week, joint operations between Punjab police and the UP anti-terrorist squad have resulted in the arrest of 6 suspects connected with the jailbreak of November 27.

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Punjab police have alleged the IG-rank officer of UP police finalised a deal for the release of Gopi which was facilitated by Sandeep Tiwari alias Pintoo, a native of Sultanpur who in 2012 had contested assembly elections with a Congress ticket. The UP IG reportedly demanded Rs 1 crore but the deal was finally sealed at Rs 45 lakh itself.

The incident came to light after the Punjab police arrested and interrogated two Pilibhit residents and 3 collaborators, namely  Pintoo, Amandeep Singh and Harjinder Singh Kahlon.

On November 27, at least 10 armed men had broken into the Nabha high-security jail and freed 6 prisoners, including the Khalistan Liberation Force terrorist Harminder Mintoo.