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Khalsa's bid to target religious leaders foiled

Delhi Police claim to have foiled a plan by terrorist outfit Babbar Khalsa to target some key religious figures.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2008 02:36 IST

Delhi Police on Thursday claimed to have foiled a plan by terrorist outfit Babbar Khalsa to target some key religious figures with the arrest of two militants belonging to the organisation.

Acting on a tip-off, the sleuths from Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested Jaswant Singh alias Kala (31) and Surender Singh alias Fauzi (22), who allegedly belong to Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), from Jalandhar on Wednesday, police said on Thursday.

One .30, one .22 pistols and 11 live cartidges were seized from their possession, they said, adding the duo was absconding since December last year.

Police said the militants were planning attack on key religious leaders on the instruction of Pakistan's ISI to create communal tension in the country. They, however, refused to provide the details of the militants' target.

Jaswant, a close associate of Jagtar Singh Hawara who was behind the assassination of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, was arrested by Punjab police in July 2005 under Arms Act, police said.

Six BKI militants have so far been arrested this year, an officer said, adding it reflects BKI and ISI's efforts to revive militancy in Punjab.

During interrogation, the arrested militants revealed that chief of BKI Wadhwa Singh was living in Pakistan and managing the whole operation through his son-in-law Satnam Singh, who is based in Germany, and some other associates in the US and the UK.

Baljeet Singh, Bikkar Singh, Kulwinder Singh, and Tirlochan Singh, who were assigned with the job to kill religious leaders, were arrested by Special Cell on December 31 last year while they had receed one of their targets, police said.

Police said Jaswant, during his stay in jail, came in contact with Khalistan Liberation Force chief Daya Singh Lahoria and his associates Tahal Singh and Baljeet Singh. Baljeet later arranged Jaswant's release in 2007 after he came out of jail.
Jagtar, Paramjeet Singh and Tara were arrested in connection with the assassination of Beant Singh. But they escaped from Burail jail in January 2004 after digging a 100 feet tunnel.

Jagtar was again arrested in June 2005 in connection with blasts in Liberty and Satyam Cinema halls in Delhi the same year, police said, adding Paramjeet was also arrested in 2006. However, Tara fled to Pakistan.