Jalalabad bomb blast: NIA files chargesheet against Pak-based Khalistani terrorist, five others

Updated on Mar 15, 2022 10:16 PM IST

The case pertains to a bomb explosion in Jalalabad town of Punjab’s Fazilka district on September 15, 2021, in which one of the Khalistani terrorists was killed

The chargesheet in the Jalalabad bomb blast case has been filed before the NIA special court in Mohali. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The chargesheet in the Jalalabad bomb blast case has been filed before the NIA special court in Mohali. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
By, Mohali

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against Pakistan-based Khalistani terrorist Lakhbir Singh Rode and five others, including a Pakistani national, in the last year’s Jalalabad bomb blast case. The five other men have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Ranjit Singh of Ferozepur, Parveen Singh of Fazilka, and Pakistani national Habib Khan.

The chargesheet has been filed before the NIA special court in Mohali under Section 39 (offence relating to support given to a terrorist organisation) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code besides under relevant sections of the Explosive Substances Act and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

The case pertains to a bomb explosion in Jalalabad town of Punjab’s Fazilka district on September 15, 2021, in which one of the terrorists, Binder Singh, was killed. The case was originally registered at the local police station, before being taken over by the anti-terror federal probe agency NIA on October 1.

Investigations revealed the conspiracy to orchestrate multiple explosions at crowded places in Punjab was hatched by Pakistan-based designated terrorist Lakhbir Singh Rode, who is the self-styled chief of International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), with an aim to cause large-scale casualties and strike terror in the minds of people.

On Rode’s directions, Pakistani narco-terror operative Habib Khan, alias Doctor, had allegedly radicalised and recruited Binder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh and motivated them to plant tiffin bombs smuggled along with heroin from across the border. Prior to the bomb explosion, the group had also set ablaze a car and a few shops in Ferozepur City.

On September 15, 2021, the duo had conducted reconnaissance of a crowded market in Jalalabad town for carrying out the explosion. While Binder Singh was trying to retrieve the motorcycle along with the unexploded tiffin bomb, it ended up exploding leaving him dead.

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