An alleged operative of the banned Babbar Khalsa International outfit, who was evading the Punjab police for his alleged involvement in a plot to blow up the circuit house at Amritsar, was arrested by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday morning.
ATS chief Additional Director General Rakesh Maria said that Nishan Singh Karam Singh (26) was arrested from the Diamond Garden area when he was travelling with five other men in a Toyota Innova bearing a Punjab registration number.
The ATS team intercepted the vehicle on the basis of a tip off and searched it. The ATS found a .12 double-barrel shot-gun and its 24 rounds along with two .32 pistols, two magazines and its 17 rounds.
The six people were questioned. While Nishan has been arrested, the other five have denied that they were involved with him.
“We have sent details and pictures of the other five to the Punjab police to verify their antecedents,” Maria said.
He added the five men will remain with the ATS but they are not being seen as suspects yet.
Maria said Punjab police was looking for Nishan in connection with the May 8 incident this year, where a maruti van was found outside the Circuit House in Amritsar.
There was a 2kg RDX bomb kept with gas cylinders in it. Punjab police arrested two persons, Sukhwinder Singh and Joga Singh, in connection with the case and Nishan was wanted. He is suspected of having provided logistical support to the arrested duo.
“Nishan’s smuggling network was being used to provide arms,ammunitions and explosives to terrorists,” Maria said.
Maria said that Nishan hails from Tarn Taran district in Punjab and allegedly a narcotic smuggler.
Nishan told the ATS that a Narcotics Control Bureau team had intercepted him in February 2009 but he had fired four rounds at them and fled.
He had come to Nanded a few days and was travelling to Mumbai when he was arrested.