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NIA arrests Babbar Khalsa terrorist from Indira Gandhi International airport

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New Delhi. NIA has arrested “most-wanted” Babbar Khalsa terrorist Kulwinderjit Singh alias Khanpuria, from IGI airport. He is associated with Khalistani outfits Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF). He was the “chief mastermind” behind a conspiracy to carry out terror attacks on establishments linked to Dera Sacha Sauda and the Punjab police.

Khanpuria, who carried a Rs 5 lakh reward, was arrested from the IGI Airport in New Delhi on November 18 upon arrival from Bangkok. He had been absconding since 2019.

The arrested terrorist was involved and wanted in many terrorist cases, including the conspiracy to carry out targeted killings in Punjab. He was also involved in a bomb blast case in Connaught Place, New Delhi and grenade attacks in other states in the Nineties, said NIA.

The agency said that investigations have revealed that Khanpuria was the chief conspirator and mastermind of the plot for carrying out terrorist attacks in India by targeting establishments connected with Dera Sacha Sauda as well as those belonging police & security agencies in Punjab. Besides, he was also targeting senior officers of Bhakra Beas Management Board, Chandigarh, with an overall objective of creating terror in Punjab and across the country.

The case against Khanpuria was initially registered as FIR no. 05/2019 dated 30.05.2019 at Police Station State Special Operation Cell (SSOC), Amritsar and re-registered by NIA on 27.06.2019.

Khanpuria, along with his handlers and associates based in India and abroad including different South-East Asian countries, had planned and conspired to commit terrorist attacks in India. He later managed to flee the country. While Khanpuria was based abroad, he first colluded with Harmeet @PhD and then Pakistan-based International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) chief Lakhbir Singh Rode to use his India-based terrorist associates to target identified individuals as well as establishments.

Khanpuria was declared a proclaimed offender (PO) by the NIA Special Court, Punjab, following which a look-out circular was issued. Interpol too issued a red corner notice against him. The NIA declared a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for information leading to Khanpuria’s arrest. He was charge-sheeted as an absconder on 21.11.2019.

Four co-accused conspirators of Khanpuria were arrested earlier with arms and ammunition in their possession.

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