A day after the police claimed to have busted a militant module with the arrest of three persons, the counter intelligence (CI) wing on Wednesday said the accused were in touch with gangsters to take their help in spearheading terror activities. However, the police didn’t give further details as they addressed the media here on Wednesday.
The police also produced two of the accused — Palwinder Singh alias Ghodu of Ball village in Gurdaspur and Sandeep Kumar, alias Kaalu, alias Shinda of Batala — before the media. The third accused is an elderly woman, Jaswinder Kaur, mother of Germany-based Shaminder Singh alias Sherry, who allegedly was controlling and directing the module.
Four guns — three pistols and a 12-bore gun — 6 magazines and 46 cartridges were recovered from the possession of Palwinder and Sandeep, while two weapons were seized from Jaswinder Kaur.
Assistant inspector general of the wing, Kuljit Singh, said they had busted a similar module in August 2016 when one Major Singh was arrested with five weapons. “Since then, we were looking for the source of the weapons. We found that Sherry with the help of his friends in Punjab supplied the weapons to Major Singh,” he said.
He said investigations are on to find out the involvement of the accused in a series of killings of leaders and members of socio-religious organisations in the last one year in Punjab. “The module may have taken help of the local gangsters,” he said.
“The connection among Sherry, Belgium-based militant Jagdish Singh Bhoora and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) head Ranjit Singh Neeta (who is in Pakistan) has been detected. It is evident that the module was backed by the KJF,” said the AIG.