Jalandhar police grill accused on source of ‘tiffin’ bomb

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jan 30, 2016 10:10 IST
Accused Hardeep Singh coming out of a local court in Jalandhar on Tuesday. (HT File Photo)

In a fresh twist to the Jalandhar car bomb blast case, Jalandhar rural police on Friday brought Hardeep Singh of Bholath on production warrant from Kapurthala jail and produced him in a local court claiming that they wanted to interrogate him. Hardeep, an accused from whose possession police had recovered a tiffin bomb, was interrogated by police and sent back to Kapurthala jail.

Police said revelations made by two other accused, Harbhej Singh of Jiwan Nagar in Sirsa and Ranjit Singh of Delhi, who are in police custody, pointed towards Hardeep as he might possess information about the source of explosives and other accomplices, who were roaming free with explosives and bombs.

Police suspect that attacks similar to Pathankot may be carried out in future and claimed that interrogation of Hardeep was necessary.

However, the defence opposed the police in the court by citing that the sleuths had already interrogated Hardeep on various occasions in the past and there was no need to send him to police remand.

Police officials, including Maqsudan SHO Rupinder Singh told the court that police had not sought any remand and only wanted to interrogate Hardeep, which was granted by the court.

Police officials took Hardeep Singh to the canteen and interrogated him there for an hour.

It is pertinent to mention here that Harbhej and Ranjit were arrested from IGI international airport when they were trying to escape the country but airport security officials nabbed them on January 25 as Jalandhar rural police had already issued lookout circulars for them.

They were brought here by Maqsudan police and produced in court. They were remanded in police custody till January 30. They would be produced in the court on Saturday.

On December 6, 2015, at Dugri village, 20km from Jalandhar, a bomb explosion inside a Maruti Swift Dzire had killed Ajay Kumar, a resident of Moti Nagar and injured Jagmohan Singh of Gadaipur, who was facing three cases of murder and another of drug trafficking.

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