Punjab police nab six associates of Pak-backed terrorist, seize arms


Amidst the ongoing campaign to make Punjab a safer, more secure state, the Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) in a joint operation with SAS Nagar Police has arrested six associates of ISI-backed Pakistan-based terrorist Harwinder Singh alias Rinda and recovered five pistols along with ammunition from their possession, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Those arrested have been identified as Roshan Kumar, Saurab Kumar, Vikram Kumar, Amrinder Singh alias Billi, Arshveer Singh and Sunny, all residents of Patiala. All the arrested accused persons were involved in criminal activities including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, dacoity, inter-state gun running, etc.
According to DGP Yadav, following several “reliable inputs”, police teams from AGTF under the overall supervision of ADGP Promod Ban had arrested all the six accused persons from an area of Zirakpur while they were travelling in their Hyundai Verna car, and recovered five pistols along with 20 live cartridges from their possession. He said that the arrested accused Arshveer Singh was wanted by the Punjab Police for his involvement in a Patiala double murder case, wherein two youths were stabbed to death in April this year.
AIG AGTF Sandeep Goel said that it was revealed during preliminary investigations that the arrested accused persons were planning to commit sensational crimes in the state. Earlier, arrested persons Sunny and Arshveer were caught by the Special Cell Delhi and 18 pistols were recovered from them in January 2023, he said, while adding that both the accused persons have again started illegal activities after coming out on bail. Further investigations are on, he added. A fresh case FIR no 247 dated 27-8-2023 has been registered under sections 382, 384, 473, 148 and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25 (6) and 25 (7) of the Arms Act at Police Station Zirakpur, SAS Nagar.