Punjab Police on Wednesday claimed to have foiled another possible terrorist attack in the border State with the arrest of a “highly radicalised operative”, identified as Ranjit Singh of Sohal village in Tarn Taran, allegedly linked with foreign-based terrorist entities.
The police have also recovered two Chinese made P-86 hand grenades and two pistols along with live cartridges besides a black coloured Royal Enfield motorcycle bearing Punjab’s registration number from his possession, said the state Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota.
The DGP said that acting on intelligence inputs about the presence of Ranjit Singh in the area of Amritsar, special teams from State Special Operations Cell (SSOC), Amritsar, were sent to the specified area to spot the suspect and Ranjit Singh was apprehended.
The development came at a time when Punjab has been witnessing huge inflow of hand grenades and tiffin bombs along with other weapons. Recently, the state has also seen a couple of grenade blasts including at CIA Nawanshahr and Cantonment area in Pathankot besides the recovery of an unexploded hand grenade from Zira area.
DGP Sahota said that, during investigation, Ranjit Singh revealed that he had formed a group named “Kaum De Rakhe” to collect funds on the pretext of social work and through this group, he got in touch with various radical and terrorist elements based in UK and other countries through social media and extended his help to form sleeper cells under the garb of his social work.
Ranjit Singh further disclosed that recently he had received a consignment of arms and explosives, and was planning to carry out a terror strike to create an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness in the border state, said the DGP.
The DGP added that Ranjit Singh was also part of a group, which had vandalised statues of folk dancers installed at the heritage street leading to Golden Temple Amritsar on January 15, 2020. Ranjit Singh was arrested by the police in a statue vandalising case and was presently on bail, he added.
The state ADGP, Internal Security, RN Dhoke said that further efforts are being made to ascertain the identity of the UK end, who had arranged the consignment and also his other Indian associates.
Meanwhile, a case, dated November 23, 2021, has been registered under sections 25 of the Arms Act, sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Amendment Act and sections 120 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Act at Police Station SSOC Amritsar.