The counter-intelligence wing of Punjab Police on Tuesday busted a militant module, set up by a Europe-based radical militant group to target leaders and members of socio-religious organisations in the state, with the arrest of three Batala-based persons, including a woman.
Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Deepak Halori feigned ignorance to any such development.
However, a police spokesman said Palwinder Singh, alias Ghodu, of Ball, Sandeep Kumar, alias Kaalu, of Puriyan Mohalla, Batala, and Jaswinder Kaur of Ball were arrested from Batala.
“Investigations so far have revealed that the accused had been tasked with creating political instability by fanning communal passions in the state,” he said.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from their possession. “The seizure included a 9-mm pistol, two magazines and 13 live rounds, two .32-bore pistols, along with four magazines and 33 live rounds and one .12-bore country-made gun,” he said.
The module was controlled by Shaminder, alias Sherry, currently operating from Germany and believed to be in touch with other militant leaders based in Belgium, such as Jagdish Singh Bhoora, he added. “These militants, based in different countries of Europe, are also wanted in various criminal cases in several police stations of Punjab on charges of promoting terrorist activities in the state.”
The police have also arrested Sherry’s mother Jaswinder Kaur from Batala. Two weapons were seized from her also. Jaswinder told the police that Sherry visited Punjab on several occasions, the last visit being in January, 2017. Sherry was supporting the arrested members of the terror module from Germany, police said.
It was also learnt that one of the accused, Sandeep Kumar, had earlier served sentence in the Gurdaspur jail in 2008-09 where he had came into contact with other criminals and gangsters. Both Ghodu and Kallu were being funded and abetted by Sherry from Germany.
Jaswinder, used to supply weapons to local militants on Sherry’s directions.