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Police Arrests Khalistani Terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo at a Railway Station in Delhi, a day after he escaped Punjab Prison

The arrest happened within 24 hours after Mintoo, another terrorist and four gangsters broke out of the Nabha Jail in Punjab

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New Delhi/Chandigarh, November 28, 2016: Khalistani terrorist Harminder Singh Mintoo was arrested at a railway station in Delhi on Monday morning, a day after he escaped from a high security prison in Punjab.

The Khalistan Liberation Force (KCF) leader was nabbed from the Nizamuddin railway station by the Special Cell of Delhi Police, Special Commissioner of Police Arvind Deep told IANS.

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“He was arrested between 1 and 2 a.m.,” Deep said. “He had reached Delhi by changing a number of buses and was headed from Nizamuddin to Panvel (in Maharashtra).”

His plan was to then travel to Goa and from there flee the country, said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.

According to the officer, Mintoo, after his escape, entered Haryana, where he took a bus from Kurukshetra to Panipat and then boarded another bus to reach Delhi.

An earlier report said the arrest followed a joint operation by Punjab Police and Delhi Police.

Asked if this was true, Deep said the Punjab Police had “alerted us that Mintoo might go towards Delhi.

“So we formed several teams which kept vigil at strategic locations. He was spotted by our men at the Nizamuddin station.”

The arrest happened within 24 hours after Mintoo, another terrorist and four gangsters broke out of the Nabha Jail in Punjab on Sunday morning after it was attacked by 10-12 armed men.

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Punjab Police officials had said on Sunday that the escaped prisoners had fled towards Haryana.

Mintoo was arrested in 2014 with 10 cases against him. The other terrorist who escaped on Sunday was Kashmir Singh Galwadi.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said a report had been sought from the Punjab government and promised the Centre’s assistance to nab those on the run.

“The Home Ministry has been doing whatever needs to be done,” Singh said in Delhi.

“This (jailbreak) is a state subject and the Home Ministry has already sent advisories to states in this regard. The state (Punjab) government is looking into the matter,” he said.

Mintoo would be presented in a court in Delhi and handed over to Punjab Police on transit remand.

On Sunday evening, Parminder Singh alias Pamma Singh, one of the alleged gunmen who carried out the sensational jailbreak, was caught in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh.

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The attackers, dressed in police uniform, breached the prison security around 9 a.m. and fired at least 100 rounds during the well-planned attack that lasted barely 10 minutes.

After the jailbreak, a police team shot dead a woman travelling in a car which failed to stop at a barricade. (IANS)

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Over Three Lakh Drug Addicts Treated By Punjab Police in 2018

The action plan named Comprehensive Action against Drug Abuse is aimed at choking the supply of drugs through enforcement and reducing the demand through de-addiction and prevention.

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The action plan named Comprehensive Action against Drug Abuse is aimed at choking the supply of drug

Over three lakh drug addicts were treated in Punjab in 2018 and more than 63,000 people are currently being treated, out of which 25,000 are heroin addicts, a top police official said on Tuesday.

The retention rate is 91.71 per cent, Director General (Special Task Force) Mohammad Mustafa told reporters here.

The Special Task Force, constituted by the state in April 2017, has been implementing a three-pronged strategy of enforcement, de-addiction and prevention (EDP) to combat the menace of drugs.

The action plan named Comprehensive Action against Drug Abuse is aimed at choking the supply of drugs through enforcement and reducing the demand through de-addiction and prevention.

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Mustafa said a multi-layered monitoring and implementing mechanism has been put in place. The Cabinet sub-committee on drugs headed by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is monitoring it.

He said the outpatient treatment being rendered at 168 Outpatient Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment Clinics is a great success.

To make students aware about the ill-effects of drugs, the Buddy Project has been implemented.

Approximately five lakh Drug Abuse Prevention Officers have been registered, 1,500 cluster coordinators and 15,000 Nasha Roku Nigran Committees are being trained through 523 master trainers.

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Over 3 lakh drug addicts treated in Punjab in 2018

Under this project, he said, 329 master trainers are training three lakh school teachers and college lecturers who will impart skills to approximately 40 lakh students.

He said 27 lakh students have already been covered.

A separate drug division is being set up in the Department of Health for efficient drug administration and better monitoring of de-addiction.

The Punjab Chief Minister in October 2018 sought a national drug policy to save the young generation, saying a comprehensive formula was needed at the central level to effectively check the drug abuse.

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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Earlier, six northern states unanimously decided to set up a common secretariat, to be based in Panchkula near Chandigarh, for data and information sharing, which was critical to the joint action.

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The states that have joined hands are Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Delhi as also the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

The meeting accepted the suggestion of Amarinder Singh to hold regular meetings at various levels to tackle the problem and monitor the progress of the anti-drug fight. (IANS)