Gangsters, Babar Khalsa and Pakistan’s ISI behind Mohali attack, says Punjab DGP

Six persons were held for their involvement in planning and providing logistic support to attackers

May 13, 2022 05:41 pm | Updated 07:47 pm IST - CHANDIGARH

A police personnel atop a vehicle stands guard after a blast outside the Punjab Police’s intelligence department office in Mohali.

A police personnel atop a vehicle stands guard after a blast outside the Punjab Police’s intelligence department office in Mohali. | Photo Credit: PTI

Punjab Director General of Police V. K. Bhawra on Friday said the role of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), gangsters, and Pakistan's ISI had come to the fore in the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack at the headquarters of the Punjab police Intelligence Wing in Mohali.

The DGP said the key conspirator behind the attack was Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, who provided the RPG, an AK-47, and local network of criminals for logistic support to carry out the attack. “Landa is a native of Tarn Taran district, who fled to Canada in 2017 and is a close aide of Pakistan-based wanted gangster Harvinder Singh alias Rinda and had joined hands with Babbar Khalsa International,” Mr. Bhawra said at a press conference here.

“We have arrested six persons for their involvement in planning and providing the local logistic support to the attackers,” he added.

Those arrested included Nishan Singh, Jagdeep Singh Kang, Kanwarjit Singh alias Kanwar Bath, Baljinder Singh alias Rambo, Baljit Kaur alias Sukhi and Anant Deep Singh alias Sonu. Nishan was arrested by the Faridkot police on May 11, 2022, in the Arms Act case and he is on police remand till May 16.

Conducted recce

Mr. Bhawra said Landa took the help of Nishan and his other accomplice identified as Charat Singh for carrying out the RPG attack. Jagdeep helped Charat in conducting recce of the Intelligence Office, he said. “On Monday evening, Charat and his two aides, who are yet to be identified, had carried out the RPG attack at the Intelligence HQs at 7.42 p.m.,” he said.

“Rambo, who was arrested in NDPS cases and is a drug addict, had delivered the consignment of AK-47 to Charat and his two aides on the directions of Nishan. Anant Deep is a brother-in-law of Nishan and used to assist in providing logistic support,” he said.

The DGP said the Punjab police had been on a manhunt to arrest Charat, who was serving life sentence in a murder case and was out on parole, and his two accomplices. “Soon the trio of attackers will be arrested,” he said.

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