Two radicals backed by Khalistani handlers arrested in Batala
The accused have been identified as Dharminder Singh alias Commando Singh, a resident of Harpura village, and Kirpal Singh, a resident of Fatehpur Nawanpind village.Updated: Jun 03, 2018 20:27 IST
The local police on Saturday arrested two Sikh hardliners, who were planning to disturb peace in the state ahead of the Operation Bluestar anniversary on June 6 at the behest of their foreign handlers.
Disclosing this here at a press conference, inspector general (border range), Amritsar, SPS Parmar, and Batala SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghumman said the accused have been identified as Dharminder Singh alias Commando Singh, a resident of Harpura village, and Kirpal Singh, a resident of Fatehpur Nawanpind village.
They said one of the accused, Dharminder Singh, has been serving with the Territorial Army, 105 TA Rajputana Rifles, in New Delhi. The police have recovered a .30 calibre revolver, one .30 calibre pistol, some posters of the Sikh Referendum 2020, stencils of Khalistan Zindabad slogans and some spray paint bottles from them.
The IG said that some unidentified people had set two liquor vends afire at Harpura Dhandoi and Panjgrian villages on May 31, following which a special Investigation team was constituted under DSP(city) Sucha Singh Bal to nab the accused. On a tip-off, a police team, led by the DSP, arrested Dharminder Singh from his house at Harpura village. He also confessed the involvement of one Kirpal Singh in the case. Later, Kirpal Singh was also arrested from his village.
During investigation, the accused confessed that they were radicalised and were being funded by their foreign-based handlers, including Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal adviser of the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) Paramjit Singh Pamma (UK), Mann Singh(UK) and Deep Kaur (Malaysia) to promote the ISI-funded secessionist campaign for ‘Liberation of Punjab’, the IG and the SSP said. .
They said on the disclosure of Dharminder, the police also arrested one Ravinder Singh alias Raja, a resident of Daulatpur village in Qadian for providing weapons to the accused about 40 days ago.
The IG said, “Pannun had also asked the duo to put up Referendum 2020 posters during the recently held IPL matches in Mohali.”
Parmar said the radical organisation, SJF, has been spearheading the “Sikh Referendum 2020” and it has been trying to radicalise state youths and enlist the support of gangsters and radicals in Punjab. A case under sections 307, 438, 427, 148, 149 IPC has been registered at the Ranger Nangal police station.