A woman was killed when police opened fire at a vehicle which jumped a security barricade on the Patiala-Gulha Cheeka road hours after five prisoners includingKhalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Mintoo fled from the high-security Nabha Jail in the district.
A police officer said the vehicle did not stop at the barricade and the driver tried to evade policemen, prompting them to open fire.
The woman received bullet injury and died soon after.
It was not immediately clear whether the woman was travelling in the vehicle that jumped the barricade, the officer said.
The fugitives who escaped from Nabha jail were helped by five armed men, who attacked the prison earlier today.
Punjab Police are on high alert after the jailbreak. The Director General of prisons has been suspended, and Nabha Jail’s superintendent and deputy superintendent have both been dismissed.
The Union Home Ministry has asked the Punjab government for a report following the prison break.
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