Nawanshahr, May 21. Two members of banned terror outfit Khalistan Zindabad Force were arrested near Karnana village in Nawanshahr today along with two China-made pistols and 11 cartridges.
Identified as Sandip of Saifabad village in Jalandhar and Sukhwinder of Rohanano village near Khanna (Ludhiana), the terrorists were nabbed during a naka. The police action came following a tip-off regarding their movement.
After their questioning, the police recovered 2.7 kg of RDX, three bombs, as many detonators and two timers buried in fields at Poonia village in Banga and Saifabad village in Phillaur.
Inspector General (Patiala range) Paramjit Singh Gill and SSP Dhanpreet Kaur said the police had, besides laying the naka, beefed up patrolling after getting information about the terrorists.
The mastermind of the gang, Gurnek Singh alias Neka of Bara Pind village in Goraya (Jalandhar), had been residing in the US.
It has come to light that the explosives and arms had been brought to Punjab by the gang two years ago.
Asked why intelligence agencies took so long in recovering the explosives, Gill did not give a direct reply. However, he said the Punjab Police enjoyed the faith of the state people, which was a must to thwart any attempt to disturb Punjab’s hard-earned peace.
“The activists of the Khalistan Zindabad Force could not dare to use the explosives under pressure from the police and the public. But, they used their pistols for committing petty crimes like snatching and thefts. Seven cases of snatching had been registered against the two at different police stations,” he said.
The police has registered a case under sections 121, 121-A, 120-B of the IPC, sections 17, 18, 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 25 of the Arms Act at Sadar Banga police station.
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