July 2005 News

Three Babbar Khalsa Militants Held In Jammu

6 July 2005
The Hindu

New Delhi: Three alleged Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) militants have been arrested in Jammu by the Special Cell of the Delhi police. The police claim to have recovered 2.5 kg of explosive RDX and 10 detonators during the operation. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ajay Kumar, one of the prime accused in the recent Delhi cinema halls blasts case, Jaspal Singh, had during his interrogation disclosed that he had received nine consignments of explosives from one Balwinder in Jammu. Acting on the tip-off that Balwinder would be receiving another consignment, a police team led by ACP Rajbir Singh went to Jammu and arrested him along with two others, Ajitraj and Joginder, who allegedly had come to deliver 2.5 kg of RDX to him. Balwinder purportedly disclosed that his friend Beera, a resident of Fargwal, used to visit Pakistan and bring in consignments of arms and explosives for which he was paid handsomely. At his instance, Balwinder was also initiated into smuggling in 1997. Initially he allegedly smuggled narcotic drugs, but later he was recruited by BKI. In due course, he came into contact with Ajitraj and Joginder, who were allegedly engaged in smuggling on the India-Pakistan border. They too began working for BKI and couriering arms and ammunition to the terrorists at the instance of their Pakistan-based handlers. Joginder disclosed to the police that he used to work with his father at his sweets shop in Jorian. Last year, he met a Pakistani national at the residence of his cousin, Sarfu, a village bordering Tehsil Akhnoor in Jammu, who motivated him to smuggle drugs and weapons from Pakistan for delivery in India against good monitory benefits. When Sarfu was arrested last December, his younger brother Ajitraj started working in his place. In another development, the BKI chief for operations in India, Jagtar Singh Hawara, has allegedly disclosed to the police that he along with his accomplices Inderjeet Singh, Joginder Singh and Tony had killed a doctor, Jasbir Singh, who ran a clinic at Chunni at Fatehgarh in Punjab. They killed him on suspicion that he was an informer of the Punjab police and that at his instance the police had killed two BKI militants in an encounter.


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