A local court at Baghapurana on Wednesday extended the police remand of the alleged hitman Ramandeep Singh and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) commander Harminder Singh Mintoo arrested in connection with a series of targeted killings in Punjab.
Ramandeep’s police remand has been extended for three days till November 18 and Mintoo’s for two days till November 17. A source from the Moga police said that during his interrogation, Ramandeep had named ‘PHD’ and ‘Baiji’, their two accomplices abroad, and now the police will be interrogating him further to know their real names and locations. “These are the secret code words. We are now tracing their real names and location,” said a source.
As per initial police probe, ‘Baiji’ is related to KLF commander Mintoo and is one of his closest aides handling all his operations after Mintoo was arrested from Thailand in 2014.
Meanwhile, the police also told the court they had to interrogate Ramandeep about how they procured illegal weapons from Meerut and Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Inspector Jangjit Singh, SHO at Baghapurana police station, said, “Ramandeep has revealed they were procured weapons from Saharanpur and Meerut in UP. Mintoo is being questioned about how much funding came from abroad through his pro-Khalistan network.”
So far, the Punjab police have arrested five men in connection with the targeted killings including that of RSS leaders Jagdish Gagneja, Ravindra Gosain, Shiv Sena leader Durga Prasad Gupta, church pastor Sultan Masih, Hindu Takht leader Amit Sharma among others. The arrested five are Jagtar Singh alias Jaggi, Jimmy Singh, Ramandeep alias Raman Candian, Hardeep alias Shera, jailed gangster Dharmendra Singh Ghuggni and Mintoo.