A 53-year-old man, accused of being a fugitive Khalistani militant, was arrested by Delhi Police Crime Branch from ISBT area, police said on Wednesday.
Police claimed that the accused was involved in more than 50 cases pertaining to terror related activities, murder of police officers, and bank dacoities in Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh during the 1980s.
The man, identified as Gursewak alias Baba, was associated with the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and was an associate of deceased Jarnail Singh Bhinderwale, claimed Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Bhisham Singh.
“The accused was trying to re-constitute his organisation under the instructions of top level associates based in Pakistan. Non-bailable arrest warrants were issued by Patiala House Court as he didn’t appear in hearing of two cases,” added Singh.
The Crime Branch team claimed that Gursewak was in touch with some inmates from his organisation in Tihar jail. They claimed to have received inputs that he would come to ISBT area to meet one of his associates. He was arrested after identification.
Police claimed that Gursewak, after joining the KCF, killed the group editor of Hind Samachar, Ramesh Chander in Jalandhar. He was later arrested by the Ludhiana police after a shootout in 1984. The following year, the accused escaped from police custody from Bhilwada railway station while he was being taken to a Rajasthan court. The accused, along with other members from his group, also tried to attack the former DGP of Punjab Police Julio Riberio at his residence in 1986.
Gursewak is alleged to have killed eight policemen that same year, following which he was arrested by the Punjab police and was sent to Tihar jail in a high risk ward till 2004. The Crime Branch also claimed to have unearthed a conspiracy to smuggle AK 47s and other explosives into Delhi, after arresting two men. Gursewak was also named as an accused in that case.
He was later released in 2010 and arrested thrice by the Ludhiana police in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was again arrested by the Crime Branch in 2017 for an Arms Act case, police said.