Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 15
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered high alert in the state following the arrest of 4 more members of an ISI-backed terrorist module concerned in a bid to explode an oil tanker with an IED tiffin bomb final month, making it the fourth case of a Pakistani terror module being busted in the state in the previous 40 days.
Two Pak-based terrorists, together with a Pakistani intelligence officer, have additionally been recognized and nominated in the case, in which one particular person was arrested earlier, DGP Dinkar Gupta disclosed on Wednesday.
Taking a critical be aware of the elevated makes an attempt by terror teams to disturb the state’s peace, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed the police to be on high alert, notably in view of colleges and academic establishments reopening, as nicely as the pageant season and the meeting polls forward.
The chief minister has requested the DGP to make sure high stage of safety preparations to be put in place, particularly in busy locations, such as markets and so forth, as nicely as at delicate installations throughout the state.
Giving particulars of the arrests, the DGP recognized Pak-based ISYF chief Lakhbir Singh and Qasim, a resident of Pakistan, and Lakhbir Singh Rode alias Baba, a local of village Rode, police station Samalsar, Moga district, who’s presently based mostly in Pakistan, as being behind the fear module.
Those arrested yesterday have been recognized as Rubal Singh, of village Bhakha Tara Singh, Vicky Bhutti, of Ballharwal, Malkeet Singh, of Ugar Aulakh, and Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi of Uggar Aulakh.
While Rubal, additionally wished in a homicide case of September 1, 2021, was picked up from Ambala round 5 pm yesterday, the opposite three have been nabbed from their villages in Ajnala, Amritsar.
Their fifth confederate, Gurmukh Brar, was arrested earlier by Kapurthala police, on twentieth August.
The DGP stated the Pakistani intelligence officer, recognized as Qasim, and International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) chief Rode had promised to switch over Rs 2 lakh to the terrorist module for finishing up the blast.
Investigations into the monetary features are additionally being carried to unravel the cash path, he added.
Rubal and Vicky Bhutti have been in contact with Qasim, who was working in shut collaboration with Rode. Rode and Qasim had reportedly tasked the 4 members of a terrorist module to blast an oil tanker for inflicting most injury to folks and property.
The terror try was made on eighth August, when at about 11:30 pm, the Ajnala police obtained info that an oil tanker (PB-02 CR 5926) parked at Sharma Filling Station Ajnala, situated on the Amritsar-Ajnala street close to village Bhakha Tara Singh, had caught fireplace.
The fireplace was managed by a fireplace brigade and FIR no.260 was registered at police station Ajnala.
Analysis of the CCTV footage on the filling station confirmed that 4 unknown individuals had come close to the petrol pump at about 11 pm and had stayed there for a couple of minutes, earlier than going in the direction of Amritsar facet. The suspects returned at about 11:19 pm and positioned some suspicious materials on the gas tank of the oil tanker earlier than fleeing. Then, at about 11:29 pm, two of the suspects once more returned, and inside a minute, there was an explosion and the hearth.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Gurmukh had positioned the tiffin IED at Hambowal on Jalandhar-Amritsar freeway, from the place, on sixth August, Vicky, Malkeet and Gurpreet Singh picked it up on the instructions of Rode and Qasim. The trio hid the bomb close to a canal in the Rajasansi space.
A pen-drive was connected with the tiffin field, which contained an instruction handbook in the form of the video with detailed steps on how you can function the tiffin bomb IED.
After retrieval of the tiffin bomb IED, Vicky and Rubal have been tasked by Rode to put the tiffin bomb on an oil tanker to create a giant explosion and trigger most injury.
On eighth August, these terrorist operatives carried out a recce of Sharma Filling Station in the course of the day and positioned the IED at about 11 pm, with the timer of the tiffin bomb IED set to eight minutes. The blast occurred at about 11:30 pm, resulting in the hearth in the tank of the oil tanker.
All the 5 arrested operatives, together with Rode and Qasim, have been booked in FIR no. 260 dated 11-8-2021 registered beneath part U/S 436,427 IPC, 13, 16, 18, 18 B, 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and Section 3, 4, 5 of Explosive Substances (Amendment) Act 2001.