By Verinder Sareen
NAWANSHAHR: The district police on Monday claimed to have arrested two criminals reportedly associated with the extremist outfit Khalistan Zindabad Force along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition including 3 kg of RDX.
Giving details at a press conference here today, IG Patiala Zone Paramjit Singh Gill and SSP Dhanpreet Kaur said that the police, acting on a specific tip-off that three ersons-Sandeep Singh alias “S” son of Jinder Singh, resident of Saifabad under police station Phillaur in Jalandhar district, Gurnek Singh alias Neka son of Makhan Singh of Barha Pind under police station Goraya in Jalandhar district and Sukhwinder Singh son of Sohan Singh, resident of Rohonno under police station Khanna, were active in the district in some unlawful, anti- social and anti-national activities, registered a case yesterday at police station Sadar Banga under sections 121,121-A, 120-B of IPC, sections 17,18, 20 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and section 25 of Arms Act and laid special nakas, besides initiating special patrollings in the entire district in order to nab the culprits.
As per the DIG, in the process, a police party led by CIA incharge Rakesh Kumar at a naka laid at T-point Karnana yesterday nabbed two of the suspected three persons who were later identified as Sandeep Singh and Sukhwinder Singh. In-depth investigations led to the recovery of 2.7 kg of RDX, 2 pistols (7.62 mm) of China made, three magazines, 11 live cartridges,
three detonators, 2 timers and three live bombs, said Gill. These recoveries, hidden underground in the fields, were made from two places- in village Poonia falling under Sadar Banga and from Saifabad under Phillaur police station, he revealed. IG said the investigation
further revealed that the third accused Gurnek Singh Neka, the mastermind, had already fled to America.
He added that as per the investigations so far, the accused had brought the arms and ammunition from Pakistan in February 2010 via Ferozepur route. Sukhwinder is a notorious character and has been found involved in a number of incidents of snatching and loot in the state in the past and he has spent some time in various jails also on this count. To a question on the local links of the accused, Gill said some links, though not in this district, had surfaced and investigations were on. He said the police were yet to ascertain the target or motive of the accused who
have been remanded in police custody till May 24. Gill maintained that peace would be ensured at all costs in the state.