Four Punjab-based gangsters were arrested with explosives, arms and ammunition at Bastara toll plaza in Karnal district on the Ambala-Delhi national highway on Thursday morning.
Karnal superintendent of police Ganga Ram Punia said Haryana Police acted on a tip-off from the Intelligence Bureau and intercepted the gangsters’ sports utility vehicle at the toll plaza around 5am. The police recovered a pistol, 30 cartridges and three containers of explosives weighing 2.5 kg each and ₹1.3 lakh from the white Toyota Innova that bore a Delhi registration number.
The accused were identified as Gurpreet Singh, his brother Amandeep Singh and Parminder Singh, all from Ferozepur, and Bhupinder Singh of Ludhiana district.
Drone from Pakistan dropped explosives
Punia said Gurpreet led the gang and was in touch with Pakistan-based gangster-turned-Khalistani terrorist Harvinder Singh, alias Rinda, who had provided them the explosives with the help of a drone in Ferozepur. The SP said Rinda’s aide Rajbir Singh was also in touch with Gurpreet for the past nine months.
During interrogation, the accused admitted that they had got the explosives and arms from Pakistan with the help of a drone and they were taking the consignment to a destination at Adilabad in Telangana.
They told the police that this was their third consignment. They had delivered a consignment at Nanded town of Maharashtra earlier.
They were booked under the Explosives Substances Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code.
Bomb disposal squad called; SUV inspected with robot
A bomb disposal squad was called to defuse the explosives, while the police took possession of the arms.
The accused were taken into custody, while the SUV was sent to the Madhuban police station, where it was inspected with the help of a robot.