November 8, 2014 1:28:05 am
The Punjab Police Friday arrested “chief” of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) Harminder Singh alias Mintoo and his key operative Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi.
Mintoo, who was running one of the most active modules among Khalistani terrorists outside India, was arrested from Delhi airport in the morning. He was wanted in 10 terror offences filed in Punjab.
The arrests came a day after the police arrested alleged Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) terrorist Ramandeep Singh alias Goldy. He is an accused in the Rulda Singh murder case (2009) and the Patiala and Ambala blasts (2010) cases.
Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini said at a press conference that Mintoo’s operative Gopi was tasked to execute a conspiracy of targeted assassinations of Hindu leaders in 2013, including Shiv Sena leaders Surinder Kumar Billa (Amritsar), Harwinder Soni (Gurdaspur) and Yograj Sharma (Pathankot).
The police traced and located the two in Thailand and in coordination with central agencies and Thai authorities.
The arrests of Mintoo and Gopi came soon after the arrest of two top terrorists — Rattandeep Singh, the chief of the Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan (BTFK) who was arrested from Gorakhpur in UP on September 17, and Goldy on Thursday.
“Mintoo was using a fake Malaysian passport issued in the name of Gurdeep Singh and a fake Malaysian ID Card. Mintoo wanted to strengthen KLF and develop independent contacts with foreign-based supporters and fund raisers of terrorism. While based in Pakistan, he visited Europe in 2010 to establish contacts and in June 2013 left Pakistan for an extensive tour of Europe lasting 11 months (June 2013- May 2014) — visiting Italy, Belgium, Germany, France and other European countries before reaching South East Asia in May 2014. In South East Asia, Mintoo travelled to Cambodia, Laos and Burma, besides Thailand where he established a base,” said Gaurav Yadav, IG counter intelligence who coordinated the operation.
‘Goldy stayed in Malaysia on fake visa’
Chandigarh: According to a Malaysian newspaper, The Rakyat Post, Goldy had been in that country for a short period before he was arrested as he had only obtained a one-month arrival visa on a fake passport.
“Not long after, we were contacted by our counterpart in India informing us that the suspect had entered Malaysia. We then started gathering intelligence and arrested him just before he made his way to Singapore”, the newspaper said quoting Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. ENS
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