August 5, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Jalandhar, Punjab (August 05, 2014): Punjab Police recently claimed to have foiled a joint conspiracy of two Pakistan- based outfits, the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) to cause violence incidents and commit alleged “terrorist” acts by arresting three persons from Jammu.
The police claims to have busted the joint module of the KZF and the KLF. Accoridng to police the medule was being controlled by Ranjit Singh Neeta, Chief of KZF and Harminder Singh Mintu, Chief of KLF. Accoridng to police the module was being allegdly funded and co-ordinated by elements based in Spain and the UK.
There had been widespread criticism of Punjab police for arresting Sikhs while labelling them as operatives of Sikh militant organizations.
According ot Sikh diaspora sections these activities were aimed at threatening the Sikh disapora activists in order to curb their political activities.
Noably a UK citizen Jaswant Singh Azad was arrested by Punjab police on charges under UAPA in 2012. He was recently acquitted by a Ludhaina court as the charges levelled against him were found false. However, Jaswant Singh Azad is still facing trial of similar charges in a Jalandhar court.
In present case of recent arrest too, the police has alleged links of arrested persons with Sikh activists allegedly based in UK and Spain.
According to YesPunjab.com, [d]isclosing this on August 04 at Jalandhar, Nirmal Singh Dhillon, Inspector General of Police, Zone-II, Jalandhar said that an intelligence-based operation was launched by the Punjab Police with Sh. Narinder Bhargav, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jalandhar Rural camping in Jammu for two days to personally oversee its culmination.
The police party arrested three persons namely Harpreet Singh @ Harmeet Singh @ Pintu son of Amar Singh resident of Ward No. 1, Simbal Camp, Jammu, Paramjit Singh @ Pamma son of Ishar Singh resident of Basti Gobind Puri, Simbal Moor, Jammu and Sarwan Singh Shabba son of Jit Singh resident of Narri PS Meera Sahib, Jammu from Jammu today.
An FIR under the provisions of sections 17,18, 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, 153-A/121/120-B IPC and 25/54/59 Arms Act has been registered in Police Station Bhogpur, he said.
The IGP (Zone-2) informed that investigations have revealed that Harmeet Singh @ Pintu, Paramjit Singh @ Pamma and Sarwan Singh @ Shabba with their associates had formed a group for the purposes of carrying on activities with the intention to strike fear among the people. This module was controlled by Harminder Singh @ Mintu, Chief of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and Ranjit Singh @ Neeta, Chief of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF).
According to police claims the two outfits had decided to combine their resources and operatives to launch a spectacular and determined attack in the near future by committing alleged terror acts.
He further maintianed that investigations have revealed that Pintu is a Pak-trained KZF operative who had obtained arms training in Pakistan in 1997 and had developed closed links with Harminder Singh @ Mintu as well. Karanjit Singh @ Pamma had gone to Thailand in Jan/Feb. 2014 on a 90-day visa and thereafter returned to Jammu where he was running a travel agency at Satwari Chowk. It is believed that Pamma slipped from Thailand to Pakistan on fake papers and went to Pakistan for arms training.
He pointed out that investigations have also revealed that the joint module was being funded by operatives based in Spain and the UK who were sending funds through Money Gram and hawala.
The arrested persons were being brought to Jalandhar where police remand for their sustained interrogation would be sought. Further investigations were still in progress, claimed Jalandhar police.
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