Punjab police say terror attack foiled, ‘highly radicalised’ operative held

The police have also recovered two live Chinese-made P-86 mark hand grenades from his possession, said Punjab Director General of Police.

With the arrest of a highly radicalised operative identified as Saroop Singh, a resident of Johal Dhai Wala village in the Tarn Taran district, the Punjab police said they foiled a possible terror attack in the border state. The police said the arrested operative was linked to foreign-based terrorist entities.

The police have also recovered two live Chinese-made P-86 mark hand grenades from his possession, said Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta on Tuesday.

The DGP said that Saroop Singh was apprehended by the Tarn Taran Police on suspicion at a checkpoint on Amritsar-Harike road on Monday.

The development came at a time when the Punjab has been witnessing huge influx of grenades and RDX-laden tiffin-boxes, besides the recovery of other arms and ammunition. It signals major attempts being made by terrorist outfits and anti-national elements based abroad to disturb peace and communal harmony in the border state.

On August 8, the Amritsar Rural Police recovered five hand-grenades of similar mark along with a tiffin-bomb from Daleke village in Lopoke area.

Later, the State Special Operation Cell, Amritsar on August 16 recovered two hand-grenades of same make and model (P-86) along with other weapons from suspects identified as Amritpal Singh and Shammi.

Similarly, the Kapurthala Police recovered a consignment of two live-hand grenades, one live tiffin-bomb and other explosive material from the possession of Gurmukh Singh Brar and his associate from Phagwara on August 20.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said that during preliminary investigations, Saroop Singh revealed that he came in contact with foreign-based terror handlers over the social media. “He was further radicalised, cultivated by them and motivated to carry out terror acts in Punjab,” DGP Dinkar Gupta said.

Saroop disclosed that his foreign-based handlers had arranged a consignment of two hand-grenades for him, said the DGP adding that Saroop had already conducted recce of a few sensitive targets in Amritsar and Ludhiana.

“A training video sent by his foreign handlers explaining how to successfully explode a hand-grenade has also been recovered from the mobile phone of the accused,” he said.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said that further investigations were on to explore the wider terror network and their plans. Preliminary investigations suggest that all these consignments were being sent from across the border by different terror outfits for carrying out terrorist strikes in Punjab.

The police have registered an FIR dated August 30 under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosives Substances (Amendment) Act at City Police Station Tarn Taran.

Source: India Today


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