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Babla used liquor, hotel baits to fool cops
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 27
Weakness for liquor and the lure of comfortable bed proved costly for the six-member police team which had taken hardcore militant Gursewak Singh Babla to Delhi for court hearings in connection with various cases. The militant gave the police personnel liquor to make them relax their guard and took advantage of their “trusting nature” to make good his escape.

This has been revealed by an inquiry into the escape of Babla, being conducted by Superintendent of Police (Detective) Pritpal Singh Virk. Though the police officer, who is presently in Delhi in connection with the inquiry, could not be contacted, police sources said the initial inquiry had revealed that the militant had made a fool of the police personnel accompanying him by making them have liquor and giving them the incentive of sleeping in a hotel room.

The sources said after the hearing of Babla’s case ended in a Delhi court on August 23, the police team accompanying him set off for the Uttar Pradesh border instead of going to the Sabzi Mandi Police Station where Babla was to be kept in detention during his stay in Delhi. Sources said Babla paid for liquor that the cops consumed at a ‘dhaba’ and also for the afternoon meal.

The “team”, which had become quite friendly with Babla then moved to the Purana Qila area where they did sightseeing and close to 8 p.m. They returned to the Sabzi Mandi Police Station. Once there, all of them left shortly to go to a nearby ‘dhaba’ where they again consumed liquor and had dinner.

When it was finally time for Babla to stay in the police station for the night, he started a quarrel with the Duty Officer of the station. Babla abused the Duty Officer when his request for a medical check up for a ‘chest pain’ was turned down by the officer who said he would need time to follow the due procedure in the case. However, at this time Babla’s ‘new friends’ in the Punjab Police came to his rescue and said they would get his check up done themselves.

Once Babla was out of the police station, he told his guards that he was not suffering from any medical problem and had come out of the station so that they all could stay in a hotel. The police personnel fell in with the idea and all of them went to Oxford Hotel in Paharganj to stay for the night. After booking rooms, for which Babla paid, they started taking their luggage upstairs. Babla offered to go down to get a bag and told the accompanying guard to relax by saying that he would be back in a minute. But he disappeared soon after.

Meanwhile, the inquiry also revealed that Babla was getting money from his paramour — Kulwant Kaur who belonged to Patiala. The woman has apparently also been taken into custody and her role is also under investigation.
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Nabha jail Assistant Supt booked

Nabha Maximum Security Jail Assistant Superintendent R.K. Verma, Kulwant Kaur and Kuldip Kaur, alias Shindo, have been booked for abetting the escape of Babla.

Patiala SSP A.S. Rai said a case has been registered against all three at Nabha kotwali police station under Sections 419, 109 (abetting a crime), 498 (forging identity) and 223 (facilitation of escape).

The Jail Assistant Superintendent is accused of providing mobile phone to Gursewak Singh Babla. he is also accused of facilitating the meeting of Kulwant Kaur, who is claimed to be the paramour of Babla and Kuldip Kaur her associate.
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