Barnala police have reportedly foiled an attempt to revive terrorism in the state with the arrest of Surinder Singh Thikriwal. Two pistols, one of .32 bore and a .315 bore, along with cartridges, provocative literature and a diary containing local and international phone numbers have been recovered from him, the police claim.
SP (headquarter) Narinder Kaushal and SP (detective) Swaran Singh Khanna said that the CIA staff arrested Thikriwal on the charges of plotting terrorist activities in collusion with Satnam Singh, a main operator of Babbar Khalsa. Satnam was recently arrested by the Fatehgarh Sahib police.
During preliminary interrogation, Surinder Singh Thikriwal has admitted that he was in touch with Daljit Singh Bittu, Baba Bakshish Singh Najamani Wala, Jassa Mankiwala, Gurpreet Singh Mullanpur, all accused in the Shingar Cinema Blast case of 2007, Mandeep Singh of Sahnewal shooting incident over tearing up of a religious text, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Navtej Singh Batala Phoola Singh Nihang, Balbir Singh Bhotna, all facing trial for terrorism.
Thikriwal, 31, has been previously booked on similar charges two times. In June 2010, he was arrested with copies of an inflammatory speech 'Sant Kehnde Rahe', the text version of a speech of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Sant Kehnde Rahe. Police recovered 25 copies of the said booklet.
Police asserted that some parts of the leaflet were highly objectionable, as it promoted extremism. However, Rajdev Singh Khalsa, advocate of Thikriwal claimed that Thikriwal was being implicated in false and baseless similar cases time and again.
Thikriwal has been booked under Sections 124-A (sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between classes) and other sections of IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act), and Arms Act at Barnala. He has remanded in police custody for two days.
However, the police are yet to make public relevant information in the case like the details of the funds transferred through a money transfer company, the international numbers found and the literature seized during the arrest.