Judicial magistrate Aman Inder Singh on Wednesday sent wanted terrorist Rattandeep Singh- the main accused in the bomb blast outside the old passport office in Sector 34 on June 30, 1999 - to eight days of police remand.
Rattandee p Singh was arrested by the Punjab police in September this year from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh after nearly 15 years of escaping from Haryana police custody. He was brought to Chandigarh by the UT police on production warrants.
The UT police had moved an application seeking 14-day police remand of Rattandeep who was declared as proclaimed offender (PO) in the Sector-34 blast, claiming that he had supplied RDX so his sources, as well as people to whom he supplied the RDX, needed to be identified and arrested.
WHO IS RATTANDEEP
Allegedly trained in Pakistan by the inter-services intelligence (ISI) and made head of a revived Khalistani group, Rattandeep Singh hails from Rohar in Jind district of Haryana, and was wanted in connection with the 1999 bomb blasts at Chandigarh Passport Office and a railway bridge in Panipat.
Apart from Sector 34 blast case, he also faces charges of involvement in planting an IED (improvised explosive device) on the railway track on the Shahabad-Markanda bridge and was wanted in a case of recovery of arms and explosives in Jind.
He had escaped from police custody in 1999 after firing at Haryana cops.
A matriculate, Rattandeep had got his passport made and went to Bangkok on May 4, 1992. From there he went to Germany and later shifted to Belgium in September 1992. As per police, Rattandeep landed in Pakistan in March 1993 on forged passport in the name of Harjinder Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, where he underwent arms training, twice in August 1993 and June 1994.
Police claimed he had even worked as the driver of Paramjeet Singh Panjwar, who was the head of Khalistan Commando Force (KFC) before he returned to India on July 4, 1996, when he was booked in an Arms Act case in Jind.
After getting bail, he had stayed with his family till executing blasts in Chandigarh. On July 3, 1999, he had managed to escape from the police and was absconding since then.