Chandigarh, Jan 10 (MNN) Punjab Police claimed on Monday that it has cracked two case of hand grenade attacks, including one at Pathankot Army Camp, in November 2021 by busting a major terror module backed by ISYF and arrested six of its operatives.
The SBS Nagar police has seized six hand grenades (86P), one pistol (9mm), one rifle (.30 bore) along with bullets and magazines from their possession, Director General of Police (DGP) VK Bhawra said here.
Those arrested have been identified as alleged International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) activists Amandeep alias Mantri of Lakhanpal village, Gurwinder Singh of Kharal, Parminder Kumar alias Rohit of Kharal, Rajinder Singh alias Malhi of Gunnupur village, Harpreet Singh alias Dholki of Gotpokar village and Raman Kumar of Ghazikot village (all in Gurdaspur district).
The DGP said that unidentified persons were involved in a hand grenade attack near Chakki Pull in Pathankot around 9.30 pm on November 11, 2021. Another grenade attack took place outside Triveni Dwar, 21 sub-area of Army at Pathankot around 9 pm on November 21, 2021.
Separate FIRs were registered at Division 2 and Division 1 police stations in Pathankot respectively.
The DGP said that during preliminary interrogation, the accused revealed that they were directly in touch with Pakistan-based self-proclaimed ISYF chief (Rode) Lakhbir Singh Rode and his close aides Sukhmeetpal Singh alias Sukh Bhikhariwal and Greece-based Sukhpreet alias Sukh to plan terrorist attacks.
“The seized hand grenades, arms and ammunition were pushed in from across the international border by Lakhbir Rode whereas the arrested accused were tasked to attack pre-identified targets, which were mainly police and defence establishments, religious places etc,” Bhawra said, adding that the accused had allegedly confessed to hand grenade attacks in Pathankot.
SBS Nagar SSP Kanwardeep Kaur said that FIR dated January 7, 2022 under Sections 16, 17, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Sections 4 and 5 of Explosive Substances Act and Section 25 of the Arms Act was registered in Nawanshahr City police station and further investigations are on.
Police claimed that Lakhbir Singh Rode was found involved in the killing of Comrade Balwinder Singh at Bhikhiwind on October 16, 2020, besides linked to seizure of tiffin IED, RDX, arms and ammunition from his relative Gurmukh Singh Rode in Jalandhar in August 2021.
Sukhmeetpal Singh, presently lodged in Tihar Central Jail in Delhi, was also involved in the killing of Comrade Balwinder Singh as well as murderous attack on Honey Mahajan in Dhariwal on February 10, 2020. He was deported from Dubai in December 2020.
Police alleged that Sukhmeetpal provided foot soldiers, firearms and ammunition, logistics, and funds etc for execution of these crimes.