The Punjab Police Tuesday claimed to have busted a target killing module allegedly setup by Germany-based radicals associated with Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), with the arrest of four persons including an ex-servicemen who had escaped from Patiala jail earlier this year.
The module was busted by a team of Khanna police, SSP Gursharandeep Singh Grewal said, adding that they arrested Jaspreet Singh alias Noopi, a former Army constable and resident of Ropar.
Noopi’s three accomplices — Jaswinder Singh of Ropar, Gaurav Jain of Sirsa (Haryana) and Prashant Silelan of Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) but currently residing in Dhanas of Chandigarh — were also arrested, he added.
Addressing a press conference, the SSP said that following a tip-off, a police team flagged a car with the three persons inside at a checkpoint near Pristine Mall on GT Road. Those in the vehicle opened fire at the police party in an attempt to flee.
However, police managed to arrest Jaswinder and Gaurav. During questioning, they identified the third accomplice, who had escaped from checkpoint, as Jaspreet. He was later arrested along with Prashant Silelan.
Police recovered two .32 bore pistols, four magazines including two live cartridges and one country-made weapon from them. An FIR under the sections 379-B, 411, 34, 307, 332, 336 of IPC and 25 of the Arms Act was registered against the four accused at Khanna City-2 police station.
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