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Delhi police arrests Babbar Khalsa terrorists

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Friday claimed to have foiled the plans of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) to assassinate some religious and political leaders with the arrest of two suspected terrorists.

The module was tasked by BKI chief Wadhawa Singh and an operative Kulbir Singh to assassinate three religious leaders in Punjab and Haryana and some political leaders in Punjab during the upcoming Assembly elections, police claimed.

The arrested duo — Sarabpreet Singh alias Prince (30) and his childhood friend Jaswinder Singh (30) — were allegedly waiting for a consignment of assault rifles and rocket launchers to carry out the strikes, they said.

Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said Sarabpreet was the first to be arrested from north-west Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh last evening.

His arrest led to Jaswinder who was picked up from Anantpur Saheb in Punjab.

“We had information from Punjab Police and other agencies that some BKI operatives were trying to assassinate religious and political leaders.

“Yesterday we got an input that somebody will come in a Ford Icon car to Singhalpura market in Shalimar Bagh. Sarabpreet was arrested from there,” Chand said.

Three pistols and 45 cartridges were recovered from their possession. Sarabpreet’s interrogation revealed that he was tasked with killing some religious and political leaders, he claimed.

“He was tasked to eliminate Baba Ram Rahim of Ambala (Haryana), Baba Pyara Singh of Banihara (Punjab) and Baba Ashutosh of Ludhiana (Punjab) apart from from political leaders of Punjab,” Chand said.

In October, Delhi Police had claimed to have foiled a terror strike, possibly in Delhi, ahead of Diwali after seizing over 5 kg explosives from a car outside Ambala Cant Railway station.

Investigators had then pointed to the possibility of LeT and Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) joining hands to plot the attack.

A team of Delhi Police and their Haryana counterparts found the explosives in a car parked outside the railway station, about 200 km from Delhi, on October 12 following probe into inputs provided by intelligence agencies that a consignment of explosives is headed to a north Indian metro. (PTI)

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