In a major breakthrough, the Amritsar police claimed to have arrested absconding militant Narain Singh Chaura, who formed the Khalistan Liberation Army, and two of his accomplices along with a cache of arms and ammunition.
Militant Narain Singh Chaura after being produced in a Rupnagar court on Wednesday. Bahadurjeet Singh/HT
Confirming the arrest, Amritsar police commissioner Ram
Singh said, "Chaura was arrested late on Tuesday night from Jalalabad, which falls under Verowal police station in Tarn Taran district."
Chaura, who was involved in about two dozen terrorist activities, was nabbed by the police party led by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sukhdev Singh and the SHO, civil lines, inspector Sanjeev Kumar.
Chaura was wanted by the Amritsar police in a case wherein about 2 kg of RDX was recovered from a Maruti car near the railway station in May 2010.
The Amritsar police claimed that after Chaura's preliminary questioning, raids were conducted in and around Kurali in SAS Nagar district on the intervening night of February 26-27. The recovery included one AK-56 assault rifle, one .30-bore Mauser pistol, five hand grenades and 70 cartridges.
The police have registered a separate case under sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosives Act, section 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, and sections 10, 13, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act at Kurali police station.
After Chaura's interrogation, the police arrested two of his accomplices, identified as Sukhwant Singh and Sukhdev Singh.
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