New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday claimed to
have foiled the plans of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) to
assassinate some religious and political leaders with the
arrest of two suspected terrorists.
The module was tasked by BKI chief Wadhawa Singh and an
operative Kulbir Singh to assassinate three religious leaders
in Punjab and Haryana and some political leaders in Punjab
during the upcoming Assembly elections, police claimed.
The arrested duo -- Sarabpreet Singh alias Prince (30)
and his childhood friend Jaswinder Singh (30) -- were
allegedly waiting for a consignment of assault rifles and
rocket launchers to carry out the strikes, they said.
Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said
Sarabpreet was the first to be arrested from north-west
Delhi`s Shalimar Bagh last evening. His arrest led to
Jaswinder who was picked up from Anantpur Saheb in Punjab.
"We had information from Punjab Police and other agencies
that some BKI operatives were trying to assassinate religious
and political leaders. Yesterday we got an input that somebody
will come in a Ford Icon car to Singhalpura market in Shalimar
Bagh. Sarabpreet was arrested from there," Chand said.
Three pistols and 45 cartridges were recovered from their
Sarabpreet`s interrogation revealed that he was tasked
with killing some religious and political leaders, he claimed.
"He was tasked to eliminate Baba Ram Rahim of Ambala
(Haryana), Baba Pyara Singh of Banihara (Punjab) and Baba
Ashutosh of Ludhiana (Punjab) apart from from political
leaders of Punjab," Chand said.
Chand claimed that Sarabjeet, a school dropout, had met
BKI operative Kulbir Singh in Hong Kong in 2001 for the first
time when he was 20-years-old. He met Kulbir again last year
during which he was allegedly inducted into BKI.
Sarabjeet allegedly got involved in crimes in 2003 and
was arrested along with others in a murder case. He was
acquitted in the case later.
In 2009, he allegedly started drug peddling and was
wanted in a case in Patiala. Since then he was absconding.
He shifted his base to Ranchi and renewed his passport
from the Jharkhand capital.
"Kulbir Singh promised him financial support and that BKI
would arrange explosives, assault rifles, pistols and rocket
launchers. He also promised to provide two trainers to impart
training in assembling and handling of weapon to youths
recruited by Sarabpreet in India," Chand said.
Chand said Sarabpreet, after coming back from Hong Kong,
set up his base in Delhi as he was wanted by Punjab Police in
the drug peddling case.
"He was in touch with Wadhawa Singh and Kulbir Singh. On
their instructions, he collected two consignments of weapons,
explosives and fake currency. He was waiting for another
consignment of assault rifles and rocket launchers for
targeting religious and political leaders as they were under
heavy security," he said.
Asked whether the duo had any links with the recovery of
explosives from Ambala railway station in October 12, he said
investigations were on.
He said it was Sarabpreet who roped in Jaswinder to
assist him. Jaswinder had allegedly accompanied Sarabpreet to
collect the consignments.