Five of the 12 alleged terrorists booked by the Jalandhar rural police following the arrest of three Pro-Khalistani ultras in Jammu on August 2 were also named in an FIR by the Gurdaspur police last year for their involvement in terror activities.
The Purana Shalla police had arrested Narinderpal Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, Surinder Singh, Harpreet Singh and Manpreet Singh, all of residents of Gurdaspur district under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, and Arms Act on September 15, 2013.
Manpreet Singh is a proclaimed offender while the other four are on bail at present, sources said.
After the Jalandhar rural police booked them on August 2, it emerged that they continued their involvement in terror activities when they were on bail.
As per the FIR, they were also planning activities to create terror among a section of people in Punjab to disrupt communal harmony.
The police had claimed that they were also in touch with foreign-based handlers through Skype and other social networking sites.
The FIR further states that the group had also held several meetings at various places in Gurdaspur and Dali village in Jalandhar where Harminder Singh Mintu, the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief, belongs to. Mintu was running the gang.
The FIR further reveals that they also hatched a conspiracy to assassinate Jograj Sharma, state president of Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray), in Pathankot to disrupt communal harmony. They were in the advanced stage of preparedness for executing their plan.
The alleged terrorists — Harpreet Singh, alias Hemet alias Pintu, from Simbal Camp in Jammu; Paramjit Singh, alias Pamma, from Basti Gobind Puri in Simbal Camp (Jammu); and Sarwan Singh Shabba from Meera Sahib in Jammu— were also in contact of a Gurdaspur-based terrorist outfit.
Reports said the police had been checking the financial route where the outfit was getting money from and who else were involved with them.
Moreover, the group was reportedly being funded by Ranjit Singh, a native of Simbal Camp in Jammu, who is presently based in Spain.
On Friday, senior officials of Intelligence Bureau (IB) were also camping in Jalandhar and interrogated the alleged terrorists.
The alleged terrorists are in police remand for nine days. The Intelligence Bureau and rural police continue to interrogate them extensively.
On August 2, a police team led by senior superintendent of police (Jalandhar rural) Narinder Bhargav along with CIA officials arrested them in after intelligence inputs.