The counter intelligence unit of the police claimed to have busted a terror module with the arrest of three people. Those arrested were allegedly taking instructions to carry out disruptive activities in Punjab from Khalistani elements sitting abroad.
The accused have been identified as Gurpal Singh, Major Singh and Rachpal Singh. They are linked with the Khalistan Zindabad Force. They, as per the police, had been entrusted with the task of reviving militancy in Punjab by their handlers.
Addressing the media, inspector general of police (IG) (counter intelligence) MF Farooqui said, “In the wake of attack on RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja, the Punjab Police had launched an operation to nab the culprits and came across this terror module.”
He said Gurpal Singh alias Pala was arrested from Umranangal near Beas and a 9-mm pistol, cartridges and magazine was recovered from his possession.
“During interrogation of Gurpal, the name of Major Singh figured as a key conspirator. He was in touch with Gurpal and some wanted terrorists based in Belgium, England and Pakistan. The accused had received consignments of arms recently and were planning some disruptive activities,” the IG said.
Major Singh was arrested from Vairo Nangal village on Mehta-Batala road and a 30-bore pistol and 10 cartridges were recovered from his possession, police said.
“During interrogation, it has come to the fore that Major and Gurpal were taking instructions from wanted terrorists Jagdish Singh alias Bhoora, who is based in Belgium, and England-based Kuldeep Singh and Jasbir Singh alias Jassi. Bhoora was in touch with Pakistan-based hardcore terrorist Ranjit Singh alias Neeta and other members of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF),” Farooqui said.
The third accused Rachpal Singh was arrested from Chandigarh on Thursday.
The IG said investigations were on to uncover the complete module and to find out the source of the weapons recovered from the accused. More arrests are likely in the coming days as the investigations progress, he said.
The accused have been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Arms Act.