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Punjab Police arrests one more operative of ISI backed drone-based KTF terror module; 3 hand-grenads, two pistols recovered

IANS | October 04, 2022 04:18 PM

CHANDIGARH: As part of the ongoing war against anti-social elements launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police has arrested one more operative of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) backed drone-based Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) terror module. Three hand-grenades and weapons have been recovered from his car, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Tuesday.

The terror module is being operated by Canada-based terrorist/gangster Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dala, who is a close associate of KTF’s Canada-based chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

The arrested accused has been identified as Harpreet Singh alias Hira, resident of Jujhar Nagar in Bathinda. Apart from three hand-grenades, the Police have also recovered two pistols including .30 bore and 9mm Bareta along with 60 live cartridges.

The development came two days after the arrest of two operatives identified as Veeja Singh alias Gagan alias Gaggu and Ranjodh Singh alias Jyoti of this module from Chamkaur Sahib area. Earlier, the Ferozepur Police had recovered one sophisticated AK-47 assault rifle along with two magazines and 60 live cartridges from the paddy fields of village Arifke in Ferozepur, which was intended to be retrieved by Veeja Singh and Ranjodh Singh.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following a reliable input from Counter Intelligence Punjab, Moga Police laid a Naka at Kotkapura-Baghapurana road and rounded up the accused Harpreet Hira, who was traveling to Amritsar on his white-colour Hyundai Aura Car bearing registration number PB-03-BF-1462.

He said that during preliminary investigations accused Harpreet confessed that he was going to deliver the hand grenades and arms consignment on the directions of close-associate of Arsh Dala identified as Amandeep Singh alias Babbu, who is currently lodged in Hoshiarpur Jail.

Divulging more details, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Moga Gulneet Singh Khurana said that accused Harpreet further revealed that the consignment was brought by Veeja Singh and Ranjodh Singh from the border area on the directions of Arsh Dala’s Manila-based associates identified as Manpreet Singh alias Pita and Amritpal Singh alias Ammy, who are also associated with terrorists in Pakistan.

He said that the accused also revealed that Manpreet Pita and Ammy have handed over the consignment to two unknown persons in Moga, who further assigned him to deliver it at an undisclosed location in Amritsar.

Meanwhile, an FIR no 222 dated 04.10.2022 has been registered under sections 25(6)(7)-54-59 of the Arms Act, sections 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Explosive Substances (Amendment) Act, and sections 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act at Police Station Baghapurana.

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