Punjab police busts ISI-backed terror module, 2 held

Chandigarh/Jalandhar  As part of the ongoing drive launched by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to make Punjab a crime-free state, state police busted an ISI-backed terror module jointly handled by Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh alias Landa and Pakistan-based Gangster Harvinder Singh Rinda.

Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav confirmed the operation here on Friday and said two operatives were also arresred.

Landa is considered to be a close aide of Rinda, who had joined hands with Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), and they have close ties with the ISI.

Landa had played a key role in conspiring the Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) terror attack at Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali and had also planted an IED beneath Sub-Inspector Dilbag Singh’s car in Amritsar.

 

Those arrested have been identified as Baljit Singh Malhi (25) of village Jogewal in Ferozepur and Gurbaksh Singh alias Gora Sandhu of village Buh Gujran in Ferozepur.

 

The DGP said in an intelligence-led operation by AIG Counter Intelligence Jalandhar Navjot Singh Mahal, the police teams managed to arrest both the accused persons.

The police have also recovered one sophisticated AK-56 assault rifle along with two magazines, 90 live cartridges and two bullet shells from a location pinpointed by Gurbaksh Singh at his village, he added.

He said the preliminary investigations revealed that Baljit was in touch with Italy-based Harpreet Singh alias Happy Sanghera, and on latter’s directions he had picked consignment of weapons from a pinpointed spot at Makhu-Lohian road near the sanctuary in village Sudan in July 2022.

Later, they concealed the consignment in fields owned by Gurbaksh in his village after conducting test fires, he added.

He said it has also been ascertained that Baljit was in direct contact with dreaded gangsters including Canada-based Lakhbir Landa and Arsh Dalla. Further investigations are on as more recoveries of weapons are expected soon, he added.

 

The DGP said the war against gangsters waged by Punjab Police on directions of Mann will continue till Punjab emerges as a Gangster-free state.

An FIR has been registered under several sections of the UA(P) Act and section 25 of the Arms Act at SSOC Amritsar.