Punjab Police Foil Possible Terrorist Attack, One Held With Hand Grenades, Pistols

By: Bhaskar Mukherjee
Updated: November 24, 2021 20:41
Police have recovered two Chinese made P-86 hand grenades and two pistols
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CHANDIGARH: Day after a grenade blast took place at the Indian Army’s Triveni Gate near Pathankot’s Dheerapul, the Punjab police claimed to have foiled a terror attack in Punjab with the arrest of one person and recovery of two life grenades, live bullets and gun here on Wednesday.

According to the spokesperson of Director General of Police (DGP), with the arrest of a highly radicalised operative identified as Ranjit Singh of village Sohal in Tarn Taran, Punjab Police foiled another possible terrorist attack. The accused allegedly has links with foreign-based terrorist entities.

The police have recovered two Chinese made P-86 hand grenades and two pistols along with live cartridges besides a black Royal Enfield motorcycle from his possession.

DGP Punjab, Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, said that acting on intelligence inputs about the presence of Ranjit Singh in the area of Amritsar, special teams from SSOC Amritsar were sent to apprehend the suspect, Ranjit Singh.

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The development comes at a time when Punjab is witnessing a 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. This is besides the recovery of an unexploded hand grenade from the Zira area.

DGP Sahota said that, during investigation, Ranjit revealed that he had formed a group named “Kaum De Rakhe” to collect funds on the pretext of social work. Through this group, he allegedly got in touch with various radical and terrorist elements based in the UK and other countries through social media and extended his help to form sleeper cells under the garb of his social work.

Ranjit 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, DGP added.

The DGP said that Ranjit 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 was arrested by the police in a vandalising case and was presently on bail, he added.

ADGP Internal Security RN Dhoke said that further efforts are being made to ascertain the identity of the UK connection, as to who had arranged the consignment and also his other Indian associates.

A case under relevant sections of Arms Act, Explosive Substances Amendment Act and Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused in Amritsar.

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