NIA, Punjab Police solve Ludhiana bomb blast case, main defendant arrested

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In a major development, the Punjab Police Special Task Force and the NIA have solved the case of the Ludhiana Courthouse bombing. Police arrested the main defendant on Saturday, whose identity has been kept secret.

“The Punjab Police have solved the case of the Ludhiana court blast, the main accused has been arrested by the Border Range STF team,” Punjab Police Director General VK Bhawra said, adding “The IED used in the blast was delivered by an ISI-supported drone. “.

The DGP specified that the operation was carried out in coordination with the central agency, the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Earlier on May 20, the STF arrested five people, including a minor, in connection with the Ludhiana court explosion.

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THE POLICE INVESTIGATED

A police investigation revealed that the miner allegedly provided technical support to Khalistan gang couriers by generating international numbers from the internet to make phone calls. The arrested criminals were found smuggling improvised explosive devices from Pakistan.

Among those arrested on Friday are Surmukh Singh, Harpreet Singh, Dilbag Singh alias Baggo and Savinder Singh alias Bhola, as well as a minor.

The accused, Surmukh Singh, was already in prison and was placed on a production warrant. He had been arrested earlier in connection with another IED recovery in January this year.

Police investigations also revealed that the IED used in the Ludhiana explosion had been smuggled from Pakistan and dropped by drone.

The IED was received by Dilbag Singh just two days before the explosion. He handed the bomb to Surmukh Singh, who then handed it over to Gagandeep Singh who was killed in the explosion as he planted the IED. Gagandeep Singh was a dismissed Punjab Police cop.

Defendants Dilbag and Sawinder both have criminal histories and have also been convicted of drug trafficking in the past. Police also recovered two Pakistani SIM cards from Dilbag Singh.

CASE HISTORY

One person was killed and six others injured in the explosion reported on December 23 at the Ludhiana court complex last year.

The NIA had registered a case against Germany-based Khalistan terrorist Jaswinder Singh Multani, a member of the banned Khalistan organization Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

Multani’s involvement was also seen in the IED placement case in Budail prison in Chandigarh registered on 24 April.

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