Interrogation of the three pro-Khalistan terrorists arrested on August 4 revealed that the accused had planned to strike at a crowded location in the city, especially the Sunday Market at the Old GT Road.
It was learnt that the accused had also surveyed the main markets of city over many days and prepared a report of their observations, to execute their plan.
It also surfaced that two women were deputed as sleeper cells in Ropar as the group had also planned to attack in Anandpur Sahib. The Punjab Police is now trying to locate the two women. Rural police and senior officials have been directed to identify and nab them at the earliest.
Anticipating terrorist activities, officials of national security agencies including the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (MI) have been camping in the city. Along with the rural police, they also interrogated the three arrested.
The police learnt that the group was being funded by Ranjit Singh, a native of Simbal Camp in Jammu, who is presently in Spain. However, senior officials of the security agencies are in touch the Jammu and Kashmir police to trace how the money was transferred between the parties.
Sources said that the group had also frequently met with a local associate who was living in a colony on the Jalandhar-Amritsar road. The police is trying to find the whereabouts of this aide, Gurpreet Singh.
The arrested terrorists and their group were in touch with two Pakistan-based terrorist outfits—Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).
Further, the group had also held several meetings at various places in Gurdaspur and Dali village of Jalandhar district, the hometown of KLF chief Harminder Singh Mintu.
On Thursday, they were produced at a local court by the Bhogpur police. The court sent Harpreet Singh, alias Pintu, from Simbal Camp in Jammu, to police custody till August 17. The other two terrorists — Paramjit Singh, alias Pamma, from Basti Gobind Puri in Simbal Camp (Jammu) and Sarwan Singh Shabba from Meera Sahib in Jammu — were sent to judicial custody.
A police team led by senior superintendent of police (Jalandhar rural) Narinder Bhargav along with CIA officials had arrested the three accused in Jammu on August 4 after camping there for several days following intelligence about their activities.