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Three days after busting ISYF-backed terror module, Punjab Police seizes 2.5kg RDX

Punjab Police officers with the seized explosives and other incriminating material. Photo: @PunjabPoliceInd
Punjab Police officers with the seized explosives and other incriminating material. Photo: @PunjabPoliceInd

Chandigarh, Jan 13 (MNN) Three days after it claimed to have busted a terror module backed by ISYF, Punjab Police said on Thursday that it has seized 2.5 kg RDX apart from other incriminating material.

Among the seized things are one detonator, codex wire, five explosive fuses along with wires, 12 cartridges of and AK-47 assault rifle, Director General of Police (DGP) VK Bhawra said here.

The seizure was made on the disclosure statement of accused Amandeep Kumar alias Mantri of Lakhanpal village in Gurdaspur, who is the prime accused in two incidents of grenade attacks in Pathankot in recent times, he added.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar SSP Kanwardeep Kaur said that following Amandeep’s disclosures, they sent teams to Gurdaspur district and seized the explosive material which was to be allegedly used by the accused in assembling IEDs.

She said that the consignment was provided by Pakistan-based self-proclaimed ISYF (Rode) chief Lakhbir Singh Rode to Amandeep through his associate and handler Sukhpreet Singh alias Sukh of Kharal village in Dinanagar.

Police said that since June-July 2021, Rode has figured prominently in operationalising a series of terror modules through his network in Punjab and other countries.

A large number of militant hardware that includes RDX, tiffin IEDs, associated explosive material for assembling IEDs, hand grenades, fire arms and also narcotics have been pushed by him across the International border mainly via drones and using his network of cross border smugglers, police said.

On January 10, Punjab Police claimed 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 had seized six hand grenades (86P), one pistol (9mm), one rifle (.30 bore) along with bullets and magazines from their possession, the DGP had said.

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.

Punjab DGP: Terror module busted to crack two cases of hand grenade attacks; six held

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