Chandigarh, May 31: Getting a major breakthrough in Punjab, the state police have busted an alleged terror module and arrested nine persons including four youth and a woman. Notably, Punjab police on Tuesday busted a terror module operating under the banner of 'Khalistan Zindabad' which is majorly involved in lighting up communal violence in the sensitive borders of state.
An official from Punjab police said that they formed a group, “Khalistan Zindabad”, and were planning to raise a new militant outfit, “Jatha Veer Khalsa”, on the anniversary of Operation Bluestar. This group was also planning to kill senior leaders, including Congress’ Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, both accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases. A police official said, “All nine had no previous record of being sympathisers of Khalistan.”
The outfit is working as a front for banned terror group Babbar Khalsa International which is being financed by Khalistan sympathizers located in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UK. Punjab police also recovered 25 letterheads of the BKI and four weapons. After the preliminary enquiry, the terror outfit points towards the emergence of narco-terrorism in the state, wherein Pakistan's ISI is using drug smugglers or addicts for terror activities.
Amongst arrested, Amritpal Kaur and Harbarinder Singh were the key members of the group. While two were arrested from Mohali on Monday whereas two more were arrested from Ludhiana and Gurdaspur on Tuesday. However, the remaining five were arrested on May 26 in the Bathinda region.
Harbarinder of Amritsar, currently living in Sector 44, Chandigarh, was arrested from the Mohali bus stand. He is the son of a retired DEO. Amritpal Kaur, alias Amrit, of Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, was also arrested from the Mohali bus stand.
Jarnail Singh of Gurdaspur had visited Saudi Arabia several times and was allegedly in touch with handlers in Pakistan. Randeep Singh of Gurdaspur was arrested from Ludhiana. Apart from the minor, the other four were Tarsem Singh Khalistani of Bathinda, Manjit Singh of Barnala, Jaswant Singh of Bathinda; and Jasbir Singh of Bathinda.