Ludhiana Police recovered the scooter the main defendant, ex-policeman Gagandeep Singh, used on the morning of a bomb explosion at the Ludhiana court complex on Thursday. CCTV footage around his home in Khanna shows him leaving his home at 9 am in a white Honda Activa; this two-wheeler was found in the parking lot of the Khanna civilian hospital.
Police are investigating how he arrived at the court complex from his home in Khanna, 50 km away. According to sources, the recovered scooter indicates that Gagandeep could have been transported to the judicial complex and handed over the explosives, en route. It also shows that the explosives were not kept in this house.
âThere is a strong possibility of involvement of one or more people, who could have handled the explosives and who handed them over to Gagandeep. The presence of manipulators in and around the judicial complex at the time of the explosion cannot be excluded, âsaid an official familiar with the investigation.
On Sunday, the body of Gagandeep, who died during the bombing, was buried in a crematorium in Khanna around 5 p.m. With the exception of his father, wife and older brother, no relatives, friends or neighbors attended the cremation, all fearing that they would be questioned by the police.
As the National Investigation Agency confiscated the accused’s Aadhaar card, crematorium staff refused to donate wood and other materials necessary for the performance of the last rites; they insisted on identification before authorizing cremation. Later, the police intervened and the cremation was performed.
On Saturday, Sukhwinder Singh, 39, and famous drug lord Ranjit Singh Chita, 54, were brought under production warrant from Ludhiana Central Prison, and a local court granted police custody until January 1st. These two had shared a barracks with Gagandeep. in prison. A female police officer, believed to have been Gagandeep’s love interest, was also held for questioning. DCP (investigation) Varinder Brar said another investigation was underway.