In a major operation, state police said they arrested four militants from the state’s Tarn Taran district and recovered a large number of weapons, including five AK-47 rifles and pistols, satellite phones and grenades. A senior police official told reporters on Sunday that in a coordinated operation by ISI and Pakistan-sponsored jihadi and Khalistani terrorist organizations, the weapons were carried across the Indo-Pak border using drones.
Director-General (Police) Dinkar Gupta told reporters, “There was a large-scale infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the Indian Valley aimed at increasing terrorism and extremism.”.
The terrorists were also shown a white-colored Maruti Swift car affecting the Punjab registration number. He has been identified as Balwant Singh (aka Baba, alias Nihang), Akashdeep Singh (aka Akash Randhawa), Harbhajan Singh and Balbir Singh.
Both Akashdeep and Balwant Singh have several criminal cases registered against them.
In addition to the Terrorist Module Fund and sophisticated weapons arrangements, supported by Pakistan-based KZF commander Ranjit Singh (aka Nita) and his German ally Gurmeet Singh, the local sleeper cells relied on to identify, recruit and radicalize the jawans.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh recognized the matter related to national security and handed it over to the NIA. The Chief Minister has requested the Center to direct the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) to initiate necessary retaliation to prevent any other threat to Punjab by drones.
Apart from weapons, the police have also recovered more than 500 rounds of ammunition and fake currency. 10 lakhs.
The counter-terrorism operation comes after the blasts in Tarn Taran district on 5 September in which two people were killed and one was injured. The case has also been referred to the NIA after the Pakistan-backed Sikh for Justice (SJF) was exposed.