Ahead of Independence Day celebrations, three militants were apprehended by a police party from Punjab.
Identified as Paramjit Singh alias Pumma, Harpreet Singh alias Pintu Pakistani and Swarn Singh alias Kabbu, the police seized three SIM cards of a Pakistan cellular operator along with mobile phones from them.The first two hailed from Simbal Camp and third one from R S Pura.
While the state police was tight lipped over the arrests, sources said that they were arrested from their houses. The police party had come from Jalandar following a tip off that Sikh militants were planning to carry out some major militant activity in Punjab.
Meanwhile, Surjit Sinhh Sasan, district vice president of ruling National Conference, who also happens to be the uncle of Harpreet Singh, on Monday said that he along with Paramjit were sent by an official of Jammu Kashmir Police for intelligence gathering in 1997-98. They returned after a month and surrendered at Arnia police station,
After a prolonged trial, they were acquitted of the charged levelled by police. On Monday, a police party from Punjab picked them up from their houses saying that they have contacts in Pakistan. Harpreet, however, is running a provision store after taking a bank loan of Rs three lakh, Sasan said.
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