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Two Khalistani activists involved in Dera follower’s murder held: Punjab DGP

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Chandigarh, May 23 (MNN) Punjab Police said on Sunday that it had arrested two Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) activists allegedly involved in heinous crimes, including murder of a Dera Sacha Sauda follower and firing on a priest.

Police claimed the two were acting at the behest of KTF’s Canada-based chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar, whose name figured in the list of Khalistani operatives given by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018.

Police said they had foiled a plan to kill another Dera follower with the arrest of Lovepreet Singh alias Ravi and Ram Singh alias Sonu on Saturday night at Mehna in Moga district.

Three 0.32-bore pistols along with 38 cartridges and one 0.315-bore pistol with 10 cartridges along with two magazines were seized from the suspects.

Police alleged that three KTF co-conspirators namely Arshdip, Ramandip and Charanjit alias Rinku Bihla were hiding in Surrey in British Columbia in Canada, while one Kamaljeet Sharma alias Kamal was absconding, DGP Dinkar Gupta said.

He said while Arshdeep Singh of Dalla village in Moga and Ramandeep Singh of Ferozepur migrated to Canada legally in 2019 and 2017 respectively, Charanjit Singh of Bihla village in Barnala district went abroad illegally around 2013-14, he claimed.

According to initial investigations led by Moga SSP Harmanbir Singh Gill, Lovepreet and Kamaljeet were known to Arshdeep since they belonged to the same village.

The DGP alleged that on November 20 last year, Sonu and Kamal killed Manohar Lal — a Sacha Sauda follower and father of an accused in a sacrilege case — at Bhagta Bhaika in Bathinda district.

They were also allegedly involved in firing at a priest Kamaldeep Sharma in Bhar Singh Pura village in Phillaur in Jalandhar rural on January 31 this year on the directions of Nijjar.

In September 2020, Nijjar was designated a terrorist by the Ministry of Home Affairs, whereas the National Investigation Agency attached his properties in Bhar Singh Pura village under Section 51A of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The DGP said investigations were in progress to unravel more crimes in which the accused may be involved.

Gupta said the government would seek the deportation of other accused to India to face trial.

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