Ludhiana, December 29
Investigative services investigating the incident of the Ludhiana court complex explosion recovered seven mobile phones, including some used by the accused, from the city’s central jail, police sources said on Wednesday.
The phones were sent to the forensic laboratory for further examination, they said.
Gagandeep Singh, a dismissed Punjab police cop, was killed in the December 23 blast. Six other people were injured in the incident.
According to the police, Gagandeep had gone to the toilets of the justice complex to assemble the bomb in order to put it somewhere.
Gagandeep, who was removed from his post in 2019, had spent two years in Ludhiana prison in a drug-related case.
Gagandeep and two others – Ranjit Singh and Sukhwinder Singh – who were also housed in the same prison allegedly used the phones, the sources said.
Ranjit and Sukhwinder had been brought in on a production warrant for questioning, they said.
During the investigation, it was discovered that some international calls had also been made from these mobile phones. Two of these phones were used extensively by Gagandeep during his time in prison, law enforcement sources said.
Gagandeep was released on bail in September.
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, serving in the police. Gagandeep had stayed with her in a hotel before going to Ludhiana.
The police also interview Gagandeep’s friends at the police department whom he used to meet frequently after his discharge from the service.
German authorities have notably arrested a person believed to belong to the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), an organization suspected of being behind the bomb attack in Ludhiana, on the basis of information provided by the intelligence services. Indians, officials said on Tuesday.
The man, identified as Jaswinder Singh Multani, was detained in a town in Germany after intelligence was shared with authorities in Berlin highlighting his alleged role in planning terror attacks in India, they said .
Multani, against whom two FIRs were registered in Punjab, was arrested and held in custody, and questioned about information provided by Indian agencies to authorities in Berlin through diplomatic channels.
Central Agencies and Punjab Police are jointly investigating the Ludhiana blast incident. —PTI