They were charged with violating articles of the Explosive Substances Act; the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act; Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code before a Special Court of the NIA at SAS Nagar, according to the statement.
The case relates to a bomb blast in the town of Jalalabad, Fazilka district, in September last year, in which one person was killed, he added.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had re-registered the case in October last year.
The NIA investigation revealed the plot of Pakistan-based designated terrorist Rode, the self-proclaimed leader of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) and his associates to cause multiple explosions in crowded places in Punjab, cause large-scale losses and strike terror into people’s minds, said the spokesman for the first investigative agency.
On Rode’s instructions, another Pakistan-based narco-terrorist agent, Habib Khan, radicalized and recruited Balwinder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh and motivated them to plant bombs using pre-assembled improvised explosive devices (bombs Tiffin) smuggled with heroin across the border, according to the statement.
In pursuit of their plan, eight pre-assembled Tiffin bombs (along with training materials) were received by Binder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh along with large amounts of heroin and cash, sent to fund their terrorist activities, according to the NIA statement.
Prior to the bomb blast that occurred in Jalalabad, this terrorist gang had also set fire to a car as well as some shops in the city of Ferozpur, he added.
In September last year, Binder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh carried out a reconnaissance of a crowded market in the city of Jalalabad for causing an explosion, he said, adding that while Binder Singh tried to recover the motorbike with the Tiffin bomb planted after it failed to explode at the specified time, he was killed on the spot due to an explosion.