Punjab Police busts New ISI-backed Terror Module with links to SFJ
KS Diwan/royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
Cracking down on the violence, arson and terror unleashed by the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) under the guise of Referendum 2020, the Punjab Police on Thursday busted a Pakistan-sponsored terrorist module, Khalistan Gadar Force, with the arrest of one Shabnamdeep Singh from Patiala.
Shabnamdeep was planning to attack police stations/posts and crowded places in the ongoing festival season. A pistol, hand grenade, CT-100 Bajaj Platinum black motorcycle and letter pads belonging to Khalistan Gadar Force and other banned terrorist organizations have been recovered from Shabnamdeep.
With this arrest, the Punjab Police has blown up Pakistan ISI’s nexus with Gurpatwant Singh Pannu’s campaign for Sikh Referendum-2020, and the conspiracy hatched by ISI-backed SFJ to spread mayhem in Punjab and other parts of India, DGP Suresh Arora disclosed, giving details of the arrest.
Giving details of today’s operation, DGP Suresh Arora said Shabnamdeep Singh alias Maninder Lahoria @ Sheru @ Deep @ Billa, the son of Jasvir Singh, who hailed from Village Daftari Wala Burar, Samana in Patiala district, was currently out on bail in a petty crime case in Rajasthan.
It has been found that Shabnamdeep was operating a Facebook account under the pseudo name of “Lahoria Jatt Gill” with a profile picture of “Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale”.
Investigations so far have revealed that in July, 2018, he was contacted by one Javed Khan Wazir, a suspected Pak Intelligence Officer (PIO), from Pakistan, and was introduced to a Pakistani Sikh ‘Gopal Singh Chawla’. He was further introduced to two other persons, who told Shabnamdeep that they were also supporters of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) and asked him to join more associates and propagate Sikh Referendum-2020 in a big way.
Meanwhile, PIO Jawed Khan contacted Shabnamdeep and shared a logo and name of organization “Khalistan Gadar Force”, and asked him to get the letter pads of “Khalistan Gadar Force” printed and to use them for issue of press statements staking claims to the acts of arson and other terrorist acts committed by them.