Ludhiana Blast Case: Khalistani Terrorist Jaswinder Singh Multani arrested in Germany
Jaswinder Singh Multani, a prominent member of the banned outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has been arrested in Germany for his involvement in a blast in a Ludhiana Court last week. He is accused of hatching a conspiracy to target locations in Delhi and Mumbai.
He was arrested in the city of Erfurt after India shared evidence to counter-terror agencies in Berlin.
On December 23, the explosion took place in a washroom on the second floor of the District and Sessions court complex in Ludhiana at around 12.22 p.m. which claimed one causality and injured five others.
One of the sources said, “We shared all the evidence that we gathered from the blast spot and also how the conspiracy by Multani was hatched.” Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was in touch with Multani, he said.
Multani was conspiring to bring in more explosives from Pakistan in India through the international boundary and was also planning to carry out similar blasts in other parts of the country.
It is also alleged that Multani was also behind pushing arms in the Khemkaran area of Punjab’s Tarn Taran district in October this year.
The Punjab Police and the Border Security Force (BSF) had recovered a huge cache of weapons near the India-Pakistan border in the Khemkaran area on October 20. They had recovered 22 pistols, 44 magazines, and 100 rounds of ammunition, and also a kg of heroin.
The counter-terrorism agencies probing the incident had claimed that it was the former Head Constable of Punjab Police, Gagandeep Singh, a former head constable, who planted the bomb at the court complex and died as it suddenly went off killing him on the spot.
Singh was dismissed from the service for having links with the drug dealers. He was booked under the NDPS Act and lodged in jail for two years in this connection in 2019.
The probe agencies have also found that Pakistani’s ISI was behind the blast and was in touch with Gagandeep Singh. During the probe, cops found the role of SFJ members Harvinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh Multani, who were based in Germany. They were in touch with SFJ president Avtar Singh Pannu and Harmeet Singh.
Previously a resident of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, 45-year-old Multani is a close associate of SFJ founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, and is involved in separatist activities, an official said on condition of anonymity.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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