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Punjab Police bust terror module behind Pathankot Army camp attack, 6 Khalistani terrorists held

India Today logo India Today 10-01-2022 Manjeet Sehgal
Punjab Police bust terror module behind Pathankot Army camp attack, 6 Khalistani terrorists held Punjab Police bust terror module behind Pathankot Army camp attack, 6 Khalistani terrorists held

The Punjab Police on Monday claimed to have solved the case of a hand grenade attack at Pathankot Army camp by busting a major terror module backed by Khalistani terror outfit--International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) and arresting six of its operatives.

"The SBS Nagar police also recovered six hand-grenades (86 P), one pistol (9mm), one rifle (.30 bore) along with live bullets and magazines from their possession" Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab VK Bhawra said.

Those arrested have been identified as Amandeep alias Mantri of village Lakhanpal in Gurdaspur, Gurwinder Singh alias Gindi of village Kharal in Gurdaspur, Parminder Kumar alias Rohit alias Rohta of village Kharal in Gurdaspur, Rajinder Singh alias Malhi alias Nikku of village Gunnupur in Gurdaspur, Harpreet Singh alias Dholki of village Gotpokar in Gurdaspur and Raman Kumar of village Ghazikot in Gurdaspur.

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As per the information, in two instances some unidentified persons had hurled hand grenades at Pathankot— one near Chakki Pull on November 11, 2021 at about 9:30 pm, while another grenade attack took place outside Triveni Dwar, 21 sub-area of the Army, at Pathankot on November 21, 2021 at about 9 pm.

Separate FIRs in this regard were registered at police station Pathankot Division -2 and Division- 1, respectively.

DGP said that during the preliminary interrogation, the accused revealed that they were directly in touch with self-proclaimed Chief of ISYF (Rode) Lakhbir Singh Rode and his close aides, identified as Sukhmeetpal Singh alias Sukh Bhikhariwal, and Sukhpreet alias Sukh for planning terrorist attacks.

"The entire cache of the recovered hand grenades, arms and ammunition were pushed in from across the International border by Lakhbir Rode and arrested accused persons had been tasked with further attacking the pre-identified targets, which were mainly police and defence establishments, religious places etc," he said, adding that the accused have also confessed to have lobbed hand grenades for two times in Pathankot.

SSP SBS Nagar Kanwardeep Kaur said that the SBS Nagar Police have registered the FIR under sections 16,17,18 and 20 of the UA(P) Act, sections 4 and 5 Explosive Substances Act and section 25 of the Arms Act at Police Station City Nawanshahr.

"Further investigations are on," she added.

Notably, the role of Lakhbir Rode was also found in the killing of Comrade Balwinder Singh at Bhikhiwind on October 16, 2020, besides in the recovery of a tiffin IED, RDX, arms and ammunition from his relative Gurmukh Singh Rode from Jalandhar in August 2021.

Sukhmeetpal Singh alias Sukh Bhikhariwal, who is presently lodged in Tihar Jail, Delhi, was also involved in the killing of Comrade Balwinder Singh and in the case of the murderous attack on Honey Mahajan at Dhariwal on February 10, 2020.

He was deported from Dubai in December, 2020. Sukh Bhikhariwal provided foot-soldiers, arms and ammunition, logistics, funds for the execution of these crimes.

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