Jalandhar: Bhindranwale’s grandnephew amongst two arrested as police bust terror module

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Punjab Police on Friday arrested two militant operatives and claimed to have busted a terror module. One of many arrested militants, police mentioned, was the son of the nephew of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale — the Sikh spiritual chief and political revolutionary whose violent marketing campaign for autonomy for the state of Punjab and armed occupation of the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) advanced in Amritsar led to a lethal confrontation with the Indian navy in 1984.

Police mentioned an enormous cache of stay grenades, a tiffin bomb and a few pistols and ammunition has been seized from the arrested suspects.

Investigators recognized the arrested males as Gurmukh Singh Brar alias GB, a resident of Hardyal Nagar, Garha, Jalandhar, who’s the son of Jasbir Singh Rode, the nephew of Jarnail Bhindranwale, and Gagandeep Singh, a resident of Gurunanak Pura in Phagwara.

Later within the day, the police additionally carried out a raid on the workplace of Punjabi Every day ‘Aaj Di Awaaz’ the place Gurmukh was working because the editor.

A press launch by Punjab Police later mentioned that Kapurthala police had nabbed Gagandeep, a resident of Phagwara, and recovered one unlawful pistol from his possession. Throughout follow-up interrogations, Gagandeep had revealed that the pistol recovered from him was a part of an even bigger consignment of weapons that had been despatched from throughout the border by way of drones over the previous few months. He additionally disclosed that the foremost a part of the consignment had been hidden by his shut pal, who he recognized as one Gurmukh Singh, in Jalandhar.

“Appearing on this enter, police groups instantly raided the home of Gurmukh Singh and arrested him, whereas additionally recovering two stay hand grenades, one field of detonators, two tubes suspected to comprise RDX, one roll of excessive explosive yellow wire, money of Rs 3.75 lakh, one licensed pistol a .45 bore, 14 Indian passports, one .30 pistol together with two magazines from his possession,” mentioned Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kapurthala, HPS Khak, including that one stay tiffin bomb and different explosive materials was additionally mentioned to have been hidden within the workplace of Gurmukh Singh close to Jalandhar bus stand.

The groups subsequent raided the Jalandhar bus stand workplace of Gurmukh and recovered Three stay hand grenades, 1 tiffin bomb, Four Glock pistol magazines, and packaging foam materials from there.

Preliminary investigations carried out thus far have revealed that the consignment was despatched by Pakistan’s ISI and by different Pakistan-based pro-Khalistan terrorist teams, such because the ISYF, to hold out a number of terror assaults in Punjab in its ongoing efforts to revive militancy, and disturb peace and communal concord within the state.

Kapurthala police have registered a case on Friday towards Gurmukh and Gagandeep below sections 13,16,17,18,18B,20 of Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act, 1967, 4,5 of Explosives Substances (Modification) Act, 2001, and 25,54, 59 of Arms Act. at PS Sadar, Phagwara.

On August 8, Amritsar (Rural) police additionally recovered a similar-looking subtle tiffin bomb from village Daleke, PS Lopoke. The RDX was put in on this tiffin bomb and had three completely different set off mechanisms — swap, magnets, and spring — for operational flexibility.

Contacted, Jasbir Singh Rode mentioned that round 12:15 am on Friday, almost 10-12 policemen entered their premises after scaling the boundary wall. “They knocked on the door and after I requested for a purpose, they mentioned that they wished to look their place. Then I opened the door and so they searched our home, went upstairs and got here down. They sat for a while after which instructed me that they had been taking Gurmukh together with them. They took him and later once more returned with Gurmukh after an hour and instructed me that they are going to search the home once more. I instructed them that I couldn’t go upstairs due to my well being and wouldn’t be capable to assist. They went upstairs and returned with 2-Three polybags and instructed me that they’d recovered it from Gurmukh’s room,” Rode mentioned.

“I’m not conscious whether or not they had introduced this materials together with them or whether or not they had been Punjab Police, or Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) officers,” claimed Rode.

They then raided the workplace of the “Ajj Di Awaaz’ at round 4;15 am, mentioned Rode.

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