Reports from the Central forensic lab in Chandigarh have confirmed that an AK-47 rifle was used to kill Namdhari sect leader Avtar Singh on Tuesday morning in Katani Kalan village near here.
Use of the sophisticated weapon, from which 11 bullets were fired at Avtar Singh, has the police and intelligence agencies on their toes. Assistant sub-inspector Balbir Singh, in-charge, Katani Kalan police post, said the bullets used bear the number 323/98, which means the manufacturing lot number was 323 and they were made in the year 1998.
The cops are still to find out about the name on which these AK-47 rifle bullets were issued. Police commissioner Ishwar Singh said investigation was on. Though rare, the use of AK-47 was also reported in May last year, when an alleged Babbar Khalsa International terrorist, Makhan Singh Gill and his accomplice Karanvir Singh killed Sant Pardhan Singh Buddon of Kutia Sant Maiyya Das dera near Hoshiarpur.
Makhan Singh was arrested after a joint operation of Khanna police and Uttar Pradesh Anti-terrorist Squad from Badhni railway station road in Siddharth Nagar district of UP on the night of October 23. After Makhan's arrest, the cops had recovered an AK 47 rifle, a magazine and 20 live cartridges.
In November 2009, Makhan and some other persons had entered India and brought three AK-47s, three pistols, two hand grenades and 400 cartridges along with them and handed them over to one Pal Singh. Two AK-47s were given to Karanvir and it was with these rifles that Makhan and Karnvir killed Sant Pardhan Singh Buddon. Pal Singh had been arrested with the third rifle and other arms from Amritsar in July.