Nishan Singh, the alleged Babbar Khalsa International operative, is an army deserter and had been posted at Kargil for some time before he deserted, said sources.
“He had joined the Indian Army in April 2002 and deserted in August 2005. He had been on the run since then,” sources added.
Singh was arrested by the Anti Terrorism Squad on June 19 from the Diamond garden area in Chembur. Nishan was returning to Punjab after a trip to Nanded. The ATS has recovered a huge cache of arms from him that includes one AK 47 rifle, six pistols and a double barrel shot gun.
The arms found included a .12 double barrel shotgun, its 24 cartridges, two .32 pistols, one AK-47 rifle and its 110 rounds, a .30 Chinese make pistol and a .32 French make pistol.
These were recovered after a joint team of ATS and Punjab Counter Intelligence team raided his 36-acre farm house in his village Dahleke in Tarn Taran district situated 30 km from the Indo-Pak border.
The ATS claimed that Nishan is a narcotics smuggler and the Babbar Khalsa International was trying to use his network to smuggle arms.
He is allegedly involved in the May 8 plot to blow up the circuit house at Amritsar. Punjab police had arrested Sukhwinder Singh and Joga Singh, in the case. After the duo had named Nishan, the Punjab police tipped off ATS about his visit to Nanded.
Nishan is suspected of having provided logistical support to the arrested duo.