NRI linked terror module busted in Punjab

CRIMESecurity agencies and the Punjab Police have busted a Khalistani terror module with links to NRIs and Pakistan’s notorious Inter-Service Intelligence. The module was busted in Hoshiarpur district,140 km from Chandigarh. Punjab Police arrested 3 suspects and booked 2 NRIs on charges of trying to revive terrorism in Punjab. The case was registered in Chhabewal police station, 10 km from Hoshiarpur town.

In the joint operation the central security agencies and Punjab Police recovered 3 pistols, ammunition and explosives and some 15 bullet-proof jackets from the suspects’ hideout. The suspects are from KLF – an insurgent group that was part of the separatist Khalistan movement in Punjab in the 1980s.

The NRIs booked include US-based Harjap Singh Japi, who is linked to the US-based organization ‘Sikhs for Justice’ and Italy-based Avtar Singh. Both NRIs hail from Hoshiarpur district.

Police say investigations are in progress and other people have been taken into custody for interrogations. The module is also being inked to terror and separatist outfits in Jammu and Kashmir.

The module was busted after inputs from security agencies, based on phone calls, were intercepted from some persons in Handowal village in Hoshiarpur district. The conspiracy was discovered this month and the case registered on August 6. The suspects have been booked under various sections of the Arms Act, Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Police sources said the suspects revealed that the weapons and bullet-proof jackets had been bought from Pakistan via the border belt in Tarn Tarn district in Punjab.