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Militant held after 22 yrs; had fled to New Zealand

PTI and HTC  Sangrur, March 24, 2013
First Published: 21:40 IST(24/3/2013) | Last Updated: 14:23 IST(25/3/2013)

An alleged terrorist named Manpreet Singh, who is said to have fled to New Zealand in May 1999 while on bail, has been arrested at Delhi airport, Punjab police said on Sunday.


Manpreet -- a member of the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) in 1987 when he was booked under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) -- was arrested on Saturday following a tip-off soon after he landed at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in the national capital on a flight from Sydney, they said.

Sangrur police brought him here and produced him in a local court which remanded him in police custody for two days, said senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harcharan Singh Bhullar.

Station house officer (SHO) Harinder Singh said Manpreet had been declared proclaimed offender (PO) in the case under TADA registered for alleged seditious activities and masterminding a jailbreak along with other militants from Sangrur. He said Manpreet along with other militants had attempted to murder a jail staff, and a couple of militants lost their lives in police firing on jail premises.

Manpreet was released on bail by a court on May 27, 1999. "How he procured a passport and left the country will be investigated," the SSP said.

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