The arrest of six operators from a major terror module sponsored by the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) has helped Punjab Police break the case of hand grenade assaults, including the attack at the Pathankot army base.
Six hand grenades, one handgun (9 mm), one rifle (.30 bore), as well as bullets and magazines, were confiscated from their hands by the SBS Nagar police, according to the Director-General of Police (DGP) V.K. Bhawra.
Amandeep, Gurwinder Singh, Parminder Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, and Raman Kumar, all from Gurdaspur, have been detained.
According to the information, two unidentified individuals launched hand grenades towards Pathankot: one near Chakki Pull on November 11, 2021, at around 9.30 p.m., and another outside Triveni Dwar, the army’s 21st sub-area in Pathankot, on November 21 at about 9 p.m.
In Pathankot, several FIRs were filed in this respect.
During preliminary interrogation, the accused disclosed that they were in direct contact with Lakhbir Singh Rode, the self-proclaimed leader of ISYF (Rode), and his close aides, Sukhmeetpal Singh alias Sukh Bhikhariwal and Sukhpreet alias Sukh, to organize the terror acts, according to the DGP.
“The entire cache of recovered hand grenades, arms, and ammunition was pushed in from across the international border by Lakhbir Rode, and the arrested accused persons had been tasked for further attacking the pre-identified targets, which were primarily police and defence establishments, religious places, and so on,” the DGP said, adding that the accused confessed to having lobbed hand grenades twice in Pathankot.
Police have also lodged a complaint at a police station in Nawanshahr, according to SBS Nagar SSP Kanwardeep Kaur. “More investigations are being conducted,” she noted.
Lakhbir Rode’s involvement in the death of Comrade Balwinder Singh at Bhikhiwind on October 16, 2020, as well as the discovery of IEDs, RDX, guns, and ammunition from his relative Gurmukh Singh Rode in Jalandhar in August 2021, was noteworthy.
Sukhmeetpal Singh, alias Sukh Bhikhariwal, is currently imprisoned in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. He was also implicated in the murder of Comrade Balwinder Singh and the fatal attack on Honey Mahajan on February 10, 2020.
In December 2020, he was deported from Dubai. For the criminal actions, Sukh Bhikhariwal provided foot soldiers, guns and ammunition, logistics, cash, and so on.