Bomb explosion in Ludhiana: 7 mobiles recovered in prison, some used by defendants, according to police



Investigative agencies investigating the explosion at the Ludhiana court complex have recovered seven cell phones, some used by the accused, in the city’s central prison, police sources said on Wednesday.

The phones were sent to the forensic lab for further examination, they said.

Gagandeep Singh, Punjab police officer sacked was killed in the explosion on December 23. Six others were injured in the incident.

According to the police, Gagandeep had gone to the toilets of the judicial complex to assemble the bomb and place it somewhere.

Gagandeep, who was dismissed from his post in 2019, had spent two years in Ludhiana prison in a drug-related case.

Gagandeep along with two other people – Ranjit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh – who were also held in the same prison allegedly used the phones, the sources said.

Ranjit and Sukhwinder were questioned on a production warrant, they said.

It was discovered during the investigation that some international calls were also made from these cell phones. Two of these phones were used extensively by Gagandeep during his time in prison, police sources said.

Gagandeep was released on bail in September.

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According to CCTV footage obtained from cameras installed at the Ludhiana bus stop and roadside, Gagandeep had used a bus to reach Ludhiana from Khanna on December 23.

Investigative agencies also interviewed Gagandeep’s wife. They also questioned his girlfriend, who served in the police force. Gagandeep had stayed with her in a hotel before going to Ludhiana.

Police are also questioning Gagandeep’s friends at the police station whom he used to meet frequently after his dismissal from the service.

In particular, the German authorities detained a person believed to be Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), an organization suspected of being behind the bombing in Ludhiana, based on information provided by Indian intelligence services, officials said on Tuesday.

The man, identified as Jaswinder Singh Multani, was arrested in a town in Germany after intelligence information was shared with authorities in Berlin, highlighting his alleged role in planning terrorist attacks in India, said they stated.

Multani, against whom two FIRs have been registered in the Punjab, was arrested and kept in detention, and questioned about contributions provided by Indian agencies to authorities in Berlin through diplomatic channels.

The central agencies and the Punjab police are jointly investigating the Ludhiana explosion.

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