Three members of the banned terrorist-outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) have been arrested from this town in Punjab's Patiala district, police said on Friday.
"The terrorists, arrested on Thursday night, have been identified as Kulwant Singh, Variyan Singh and Bhupinder Singh. We have also recovered two pistols and live cartridges from their possession," Deputy Superintendent of Police Manmohan Sharma said. "They were working at the behest of an Italy-based man, Jassi, who had promised to give them money and provide them with houses if they eliminated a religious leader, Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala," he said.
According to police sources, Variyan had been sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment for his involvement in some terrorist activities and he was currently out on parole.
Police also arrested two other persons for allegedly assisting these BKI terrorists in carrying out their activities in Punjab.
Patiala is around 30 km from state capital Chandigarh.
A few days back, the Punjab police had arrested two BKI terrorists from Zirakpur town, around 10 km from Chandigarh.