Chandigarh: On October 28, an FIR (First Information Report) was registered against 11 persons for allegedly supplying arms and ammunition illegally into the state to obstruct peace and harmony. Within six days of the FIR, Punjab witnessed two broad daylight murders – first, the killing of Punjab Shiv Sena (Taksali) leader Sudhir Suri in Amritsar.
And, within six days, the second killing took place of the Dera Premi — Pradeep Kumar, who was accused in the sacrilege case (stealing and desecrating Guru Granth Sahib) from a gurdwara in Faridkot in 2015.
Sources in the Punjab Police say that ISI is maintaining links with gangsters and terror networks, and a huge cache of arms is already believed to have reached Punjab to destabilise the law and order in the state. The two murders were just a part of that plan.
Seven of these ultras who were part of the long chain between those executing various criminal activities in the state including terror groups and gangsters, and their handlers are sitting in Canada, Pakistan, Dubai, Malaysia, Italy, the Philippines, and the US. The SSOC of the Punjab Police has now booked them under various sections of the IPC Indian Penal Code. Sources say, these men essentially are suspected of supplying cash for the procurement of arms and ammunition to carry out terror activities.
Those who have been booked are Tarseem Singh Harike who lives in Dubai, Amritpal Singh of Moga, who is now a citizen of Phillippines, Jagroop Singh, originally from Anandpur Sahib but now lives in the US, Manpreet Singh of Ferozepur now living in Phillippines, Harpreet Singh of Makhu and now living in Italy, Amandeep Singh of Amritsar, living in Malaysia now, Harjot Singh from Fazilka but now living in the US.
Three of those booked are Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi and Gurpinder Singh alias Pinda both from Tarn Taran, and Deepak Kumar from Jhajjar in Haryana. According to the FIR, the accused, apart from supplying arms and ammunition to their operatives in Punjab, and other states also arranged finances and hideouts.
A case has been registered against the accused under Sections 153 (to provoke with an intention to cause riot), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language, etc) 212 of the IPC (harbouring the accused) 216 of the IPC harbouring the accused who escaped from the custody of the police) 120-B of the IPC (criminal conspiracy) and under Section 25 of the Arms Act.