Four suspected Khalistan terrorists have been arrested at a toll booth in Haryana, police said today, adding that a large amount of weapons, ammunition and explosives had been recovered from them. They were going to deliver explosives to Nanded from Maharashtra and Adilabad from Telangana.
The main defendant, Gurpreet, was previously in prison, where he met a Rajbeer, who had links to Pakistan, police said.
Gurpreet and the three others, who were arrested today, used to deliver shipments of explosives across India, police said, adding that the four had links to the spy agency Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI.
They were stopped at 4am at the Bastara toll gate in Karnal on their way to Delhi in a white Toyota Innova SUV. The other three suspects have been identified as Bhupinder, Amandeep and Parminder, all residents of Punjab.
Along with a fully equipped mine expert, visuals show that a military-grade mini-rover was used to approach the SUV and search for IEDs.
The four suspects had been ordered by another terrorist, Harvinder Singh, who picked them up from Pakistan, police said.
The four were given Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, to distribute across India. Suspected terrorists managed to deliver IEDs to at least two locations earlier.
Weapons recovered from the suspects include a locally made pistol, 31 bullets and three iron containers containing IEDs. Cash of Rs 1.3 lakh was found with them.
“Preliminary information suggests that they were basically acting as couriers and transporting these arms and ammunition in an Innova vehicle and heading towards Adilabad in Telangana,” the Inspector General of Police in Telangana told the PTI news agency. Karnal Range, Satender Kumar Gupta. “They will be brought before a court and remanded in custody, after which they will be questioned in detail,” he said.
“Three containers suspected of containing RDX (explosives), a firearm, a pistol and 31 live ammunition cartridges were seized,” he added.