Ravinder Singh aka Bittu, a convict in the 1991 Kalyan railway station bomb blast who had jumped parole in 2007, was arrested by the Punjab Police Sunday evening.
On November 8, 1991, a bomb explosion on the VT Ambarnath local train had killed 12 people and injured 65 others. Bittu was found guilty of placing the bomb on the train and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 2007, he was granted parole, but he never returned to jail and has been on the run since.
On Sunday evening, when a team of Phagwara police in Punjab was conducting a routine check in Maheru village of the district as part of the Independence Day security drill, it caught a man with 300 grams of smack. The police arrested him under the provisions of the NDPS Act.
While he disclosed his name as Swaran Singh, the police said they got suspicious during his interrogation and subsequently learnt that the man was actually Bittu who had been living in the village on a fake identity.
“Initially, he told us that he was Sarwan Singh of Sherowali village in Tarn Taran district but later we learnt that he was Ravinder Singh of Saidpur village of Patti in Tarn Taran. We also came to know that he was a convict in the 1991 Kalyan railway station bomb blast case and had jumped parole. He was also declared proclaimed offender by a Mumbai court. We have already informed the Mumbai Police about his arrest,” said Jasvir Singh Rai, Superintendent of Police, Phagwara.
Inspector Inderjit, who had arrested Bittu, said, “Ravinder Singh alias Bittu was a member of the banned terror outfit Babbar Khalsa. He was convicted in 1997 under Sections 3 and 4 of TADA, besides various other offences punishable under the Indian Penal Code.
Bittu was serving his sentence in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail when he was granted parole in 2007 but he never returned to jail.”