In a joint operation, the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Punjab Police on Sunday busted a terror module with links to Canada and Pakistan. Two terrorists, who, according to police, were “planning to target enemies of the Panth(the Sikh religion)”, were arrested with a large cache of weapons and ammunition. Among the weapons seized by the security forces from the duo were an AK-47 assault rifle and other rifles, hand grenades, pistols and live ammunition of different calibres.
The two suspected terrorists were arrested from India-Pakistan border area while trying to recover the weapons pushed into the Indian territory from Pakistan side. The duo was identified as Mann Singh, 40, from Sri Hargobindpur (Gurdaspur) and Sher Singh, 28, from Kartarpur (Jalandhar).
“Preliminary interrogation of the terrorists has revealed that their module was raised and indoctrinated by an Ontario(Candada)-based Sikh hardliner, Gurjivan Singh, who had made two trips to Punjab in the last six months, and arranged the arms and ammunitions for their operations through his Khalistani contacts in Pakistan,” a Punjab Police spokesperson said here.
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The arrested duo revealed that Gurjivan Singh had been in touch with them for the past two years and had motivated them to commit terror strikes in Punjab. “They also revealed that during his last two trips to Punjab, Gurjivan Singh had imparted them theoretical training in handling arms, including AK-47 rifles. They also told the interrogators that they had travelled with Gurjivan Singh to Uttar Pradesh to procure arms but had been unsuccessful.
“Subsequently, Gurjivan had promised to arrange the arms and ammunition for them through his Pakistan-based Khalistani contacts and their ISI handlers,” the spokesperson said, based on the interrogation of the arrested terrorists by security agencies.
“During interrogation, Mann Singh also confessed to having made several visits to Pakistan and to being in touch with some Khalistani activists there,” he added.
The duo were nabbed by BSF troopers on Sunday morning when they arrived near the border to recover the weapons and ammunition.
The spokesperson said the arms and ammunition seized during the operation was found buried close to the border and the suspects had been provided with the co-ordinates of the spot.
The consignment recovered at their instance included five 7.62 mm pistols with nine magazines and 205 live rounds; a 9 mm pistol with two magazines and 77 live rounds; an AK 47 rifle with three magazines and 157 live rounds; a MP 9 modified rifle with two magazines; five hand grenades; a .32 bore revolver with 39 live rounds; a 315 bore rifle with one magazine and 17 live rounds. “Further interrogation of the suspects is in progress and immigration records are being retrieved to track Gurjivan’s movement,” the spokesperson added.