Khalistan Liberation Front chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, who had escaped from Nabha jail on Sunday, was arrested by the police in New Delhi on Monday.
Five other prisoners remain missing.
Mintoo and the others made their escape when a group of armed men in police uniforms came in four cars and stormed the high security Nabha Central Jail on Sunday morning.
The Jail-Break :
A little before 9 am, a dozen men disguised as policemen came to the main gate of the Nabha jail with two handcuffed men, claiming they were bringing them back after a court hearing. After gaining entry, they snatched the rifle of a policeman and split into two groups, one heading to the jail corridor, where the six prisoners were waiting.
They reportedly fired more than 100 rounds at policemen. It took less than 10 minutes for them to break the prisoners out.
As a hunt began across the state, the police opened fire at a car near a check-post around 25 km from the prison, killing a woman in what they admitted was a case of “mistaken identity”.
One of the men, Palwinder Singh Pinda, was caught last evening. He told the police that Mintoo and another prisoner Kashmir Singh were not part of the escape plan plotted by Vicky Gounder, a prisoner accused in several cases of murder and highway robbery.
The Punjab police said he was trying to revive the Khalistan separatist movement and was in touch with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence officers.