IEDs have been meant for focusing on trains, public locations: Ludhiana blast accused
Amritsar, Could 22
Trains and public locations have been the supposed targets for planting improvised explosive system (IEDs) in order to trigger blasts and disturb peace in Punjab.
This got here to mild in the course of the interrogation of medicine and arms trafficker Surmukh Singh and his courier Dilbagh Singh (alias Baggo), who have been arrested by the particular process drive (STF) in reference to the December 23 Ludhiana court docket blast.
The STF was on path of individuals concerned in cross-border medication and arms smuggling when it discovered their involvement in retrieving the IED used within the Ludhiana court docket blast. Apart from Surmukh and Dilbagh Singh, it nabbed three different individuals, together with Sawinder Singh (alias Bhola) of Dhanoe Khurd village, Harpreet Singh of Dhanoe Khurd and a juvenile, and likewise seized 1kg heroin. “The prime motive behind planting IEDs in trains and crowded locations was to trigger most injury,” mentioned an STF official. Their interrogation revealed that Dilbagh used to retrieve for Surmukh consignments from close to the Worldwide Border after these have been dropped there by drones. They used to get Rs 5 lakh from ISI-supported separatist teams for retrieving and planting IEDs. For retrieving a heroin consignment, they used to get Rs 2 lakh.
In February, Surmukh was arrested by the Punjab Police in reference to January 14 seizure of an IED containing 2.7 kg RDX, together with 1.36 kg iron balls, from Dhanoe Kalan village alongside the Attari-Bachiwind street. His arrest led to the seizure of two extra IEDs.
Dilbagh Singh owns round 4 acres throughout the barbed border fence. Making the most of that, he acted as a courier for smuggling medication and arms, an official mentioned.
Dilbagh Singh retrieved an IED from close to the border and later handed that over to Gagandeep Singh who died whereas planting the identical within the Ludhiana court docket.
The Punjab Police have been on the alert in view of the upcoming anniversary of Operation Blue Star on June 6.
Rs 5 lakh for planting explosives
- Dilbagh Singh, who owns 4 acres throughout the barbed border fence, used to retrieve for Surmukh consignments from close to the Worldwide Border after these have been dropped there by drones
- They used to get Rs 5 lakh from ISI-supported teams for retrieving and planting IEDs and Rs 2 lakh for retrieving a heroin consignment