Chandigarh, Sep 18: The Punjab Police on Saturday termed the Jalalabad motorcycle blast as an “act of terror” and said it has arrested one person in connection with the case. The accused has been identified as Parveen Kumar, a native of Dharmapura in Fazilka district. Police said the village, which is just three kilometers away from the India-Pakistan border.
Balwinder Singh, a 22-year-old man, was killed after a motorcycle’s fuel tank exploded in Jalalabad, Fazilka on September 15. During the investigation, Kumar’s role in conspiring to blow up a motorcycle in a crowded area had come to the fore. , said the police.
Ferozepur range Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jatinder Singh Aulakh said in a statement that after learning about Kumar’s role, the Fazilka police launched an investigation based on the available leads and arrested him on Saturday. During interrogation, Kumar revealed that the motorcycle being driven by Balwinder was to be parked in a congested area of Jalalabad city, the official said.
Kumar also revealed that this “act of terror” was planned on September 14 at the house of Sukhwinder Singh alias Sukha, a resident of Chandi Wala village in Ferozepur, the IGP said. Gurpreet Singh Mamdot, a native of Hitar village in Lakhmir, was also part of the plan, he said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Hillori said that on the basis of information received from Kumar, a case has been registered against all the four accused including Balwinder and efforts are on to arrest Sukhwinder and Gurpreet. He said that the four accused have criminal background and are relatives of each other.
Police said that based on the example of Kumar and information given by a farmer, a tiffin bomb was also recovered, which the accused had hidden in the fields in his village. On August 8, Amritsar Rural Police recovered five grenades and a tiffin bomb from Dalke village in Lopoke.
The Kapurthala police also recovered two grenades, a tiffin bomb and other explosive material from Phagwara on 20 August. Another tiffin bomb was used to detonate an oil tanker at Ajnala on 8 August.
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