- The NIA had announced a bounty of Rs 10 lakhs on fugitive terrorist Harpreet Singh
- Harpreet Singh was a conspirator of 2021 Ludhiana court bomb blast
- Singh was an associate of Lakhbir Singh Rode, a Pakistan-based, self-styled Chief of the ISYF
Ludhiana court bomb blast case: In a major breakthrough, National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested absconding terrorist Harpreet Singh, accused in the Ludhiana court bomb blast case. According to reports, the fugitive terrorist was arrested when he arrived from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday (December 1).
Singh is a resident of Miadi Kala village which comes under Punjab's Amritsar district. He was also reportedly involved and wanted in various cases, including the smuggling of explosives, arms and narcotics.
Earlier in August this year, the NIA had announced a bounty of Rs 10 lakhs on Singh, who was wanted by the agency in a case related to a conspiracy hatched by the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) for carrying out a blast in the Ludhiana court complex in 2021.
Singh worked with a Pakistan-based, self-styled Chief of ISYF
As per the NIA, Singh was an associate of Lakhbir Singh Rode, a Pakistan-based, self-styled Chief of the ISYF, who was also involved in the blast which killed one person and injured six others.
"Acting on the directions of Rode, Singh coordinated the delivery of the custom-made IED which had been sent from Pakistan to his India-based associates, that was used in the Ludhiana Court Complex blast," the NIA stated.
It should be noted here that the case pertaining to the blast was initially registered on December 23, 2021, at Police Station Division-5 in Ludhiana Commissionerate and re-registered by the NIA on January 13.
(With inputs from ANI)