The special cell of Delhi Police Friday said it has apprehended two terror accused, including a juvenile, in connection with the May 9 RPG attack at Punjab Police Intelligence headquarters in Mohali. The juvenile, who had been involved in two high profile murders, was also tasked with “eliminating” actor Salman Khan, the police said.
The other accused has been identified as Arshdeep Singh who was wanted in connection with the recovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Haryana’s Kurukshetra and Punjab’s Tarn Taran, they said.
According to Special Commissioner HGS Dhaliwal, the RPG attack was a conspiracy of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), backed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and local gangsters. The attack was carried out by the juvenile, who is a resident of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh, and one Deepak, a resident of Surakhpur, Haryana.
“The attack was orchestrated by gangster-turned-ISI stooge Harvinder Singh alias Rinda. His name had already cropped up in the grenade attack at the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) office in Nawanshahr after the arrest of four suspected Pakistan-linked terrorists in Haryana’s Karnal earlier this year,” Dhaliwal said.
Another fugitive — Canada-based gangster-turned-terrorist Lakhbir Singh Landa had joined hands with Rinda in sharing manpower, logistics and resources, the officer said. The juvenile was also wanted in the murder of builder Sanjay Biyani on April 5 in Maharashtra’s Nanded and the killing of gangster Rana Kandowalia outside a private hospital in Amritsar on August 4 last year, the officer said, adding that Kandowalia was the main shooter of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.
Along with Deepak, who is currently absconding, and jailed gangster Monu Dagar, the juvenile had been assigned to eliminate Salman Khan by Lawrence Bishnoi and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria.
The Special Commissioner said that a local gangster network had been identified, which had provided local support to the RPG attackers. With the help of local informers, technical and manual surveillance, accused were traced and apprehended from Jamnagar in Gujarat. The juvenile disclosed that Bishnoi gave him, Deepak and Dagar the task regarding the elimination of Salman Khan. However, later Kandowalia was made their primary target instead of Khan. Other incidents which have been disclosed by the duo are being verified, the officer said.