Punjab: BKI targeting religious leaders

Last Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 19:10

New Delhi: A suspected member of the banned
Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), who was arrested on Monday here, had been plotting with the outfit chief to target religious leaders in Punjab, police claimed Friday.

Narender Singh (43) was apprehended from the airport on
Monday, they said, adding that he was on his way to Germany to
allegedly meet a top operative of the terror group.

Police sources claimed they recovered a CD and six
calendars with photograph of slain terrorist Jarnail Singh
Bhindranwale and his articles.

"We had information that Singh was leaving India for
Germany from IGI Airport by Qatar Airlines. The search of his
belongings revealed two CDs containing incriminating material.
The CDs contained provocative speeches," police said in a
statement.

Singh is based in Spain but frequently visits Germany.
"In Germany, he came in contact with Hardevinder Singh, Chief of Babbar Khalsa International. He was motivated by him to join the Babbar Khalsa International in 2000.

"Initially he was tasked to go to India and contact the
families of slain militants in Punjab and provide them
monetary assistance.

"In November, 2011, he along with Hardevinder Singh went
to Pakistan and at Lahore met Wadhawa Singh, Chief of Babbar
Khalsa International. There he underwent training in handling
of arms and explosives," police claimed.

"Wadhawa Singh also discussed targeting Baba Gurmeet Ram
Rahim Singh (Sirsa), Baba Pyara Singh Panehare Wale and Baba
Ashutosh. A case under the appropriate sections of the law was
registered," they said.
Singh told police that he came to India from Germany in
the first week of February. He received in the second week of
March, a consignment of two pistols, four magazines and 50
rounds at Jalandhar, police claimed.

"He was directed to ensure that the arms consignment was
kept safe for future use. The arms and ammunition has since
been recovered from Jalandhar," they said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 19:10

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