The Punjab police on Thursday arrested top Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) terrorist Ramandeep Singh alias Goldy from the Chennai airport after a two-month-long operation launched in coordination with central agencies in Thailand and Malaysia.
Wanted in the July 2009 murder case of Rulda Singh — then head of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, a wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) — and the April 2010 Patiala bomb blast, Goldy was deported from Malaysia. He is in his early forties.
Gaurav Yadav, inspector general (IG) of Punjab police’s counter-intelligence wing, said Goldy was initially traced in Thailand. A two-member police party camped in Thailand for three weeks in September-October, but he managed to slip away to Malaysia.
The IG stated that after tracking down Goldy in Malaysia, in coordination with central agencies and the Malaysian authorities, the terrorist was brought to Chennai in the wee hours of Thursday by the Punjab police and arrested at the airport there. The Punjab police had also sent its team to Malaysia for coordination regarding the process of bringing back Goldy.
The police said Rulda Singh was shot at on July 28, 2009, in Patiala. He succumbed to his injuries on August 15, 2009, at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
The police added that the conspiracy to kill Rulda Singh was hatched in the UK by terrorist Paramjit Singh alias Pamma and executed by Goldy.
“UK-based Gursharan Singh and Piara Singh were assigned the task of carrying out the shooting, while the recce and planning in India was done by Goldy, along with Darshan Singh and Jagmohan Singh,” the IG said. After the murder, Goldy fled to Nepal.
Following the Patiala bomb blast, in which four people were injured, Goldy went back to Nepal and shifted his base to Thailand in 2011 using the assumed name of Sah Brahmdev and a forged Nepali passport. He worked in a tours and travel agency and had recently set up an export-import firm named Euro 2014 Private Limited in Bangkok.
The arrest of Goldy comes close on the heels of the arrest of Rattandeep Singh, the chief of the Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan (BTFK) – an associate of Khalistani militants Paramjit Singh Panjwar and Wadhawa Singh -- from Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) by the Punjab police. Rattandeep was based in Pakistan since 1993 and was wanted in numerous cases of bomb blasts and was carrying a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh, which the Punjab police didn’t claim as part of its policy.
The police said Goldy remained in touch with Pakistan-based terrorist leaders and terrorists and radicals based in North America and Europe. He became the linchpin of terrorist-related activities in Thailand and provided infrastructural support in South-East Asia to Punjab terrorists.
Pamma was his mentor
The police stated that after the attack on Rulda Singh, the terrorist gang scattered to avoid suspicion. Ramandeep Singh alias Goldy escaped to Thailand and then entered Pakistan. He briefly returned to India. The Punjab police cracked Rulda Singh’s case in September 2009.
While in Nepal, Goldy developed links with Pakistan-trained terrorist Harminder Singh alias Raj in March-April 2010 and the duo roped in Jaswinder Singh, Gurjant Singh and Manjinder Singh to raise a terrorist module which was responsible for bomb blasts in Patiala and Ambala. Paramjit Singh alias Pamma remained Goldy’s mentor and the link to Pakistan-based KTF chief Jagtar Singh Tara. Pamma and Goldy masterminded this explosion.
Jaswinder, Gurjant and Manjinder were arrested, while Goldy and Pamma remained at large.