Amritsar inspector general of police (border range) Ishwar Chander told the media here that the man accused of shooting at Shiv Sena leader Harvinder Soni had purchased the 0.315-bore pistol for Rs 11,000 from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
“Anurag, his fellow villager from Galwadi in Ludhiana district, helped him get the weapon. Kashmir Singh is a petty criminal facing three trials, and out on bail since December 24, 2013, but he is no terrorist,” said the IG, claiming that the man had not surrendered but been captured.
“Kashmir Singh stayed at Chamkaur Sahib and Baba Bakala on April 8; Kalanaur (Gurdaspur) on April 9; and at Gurdwara Burj Sahib (Dhariwal) on April 10. On April 11, he did reconnaissance of the Gurdaspur Fish Park to prepare for the crime,” said the officer, adding that the police would look into the influence his extremist jail mates in Nabha might have had on him.
Gurdaspur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Toor said that a case under Sections 307 (murder attempt), 124-A (sedition) and 153 (trying to provoke riot) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various sections of the Arms Act had been registered against Kashmir Singh.