CHANDIGARH: Punjab police on Thursday claimed to have busted a Pakistan-backed terrorist module operating in the state with the arrest of a person from Patiala.
Shabnamdeep Singh alias Maninder Lahoria was asked by his Pakistan-based handlers to target police posts and crowded places during the upcoming festival season, they said adding a pistol, a hand grenade, a motorcycle and letter pads in the name of “Khalistan Gadar Force” and other terrorist outfits were seized from his possession.
DGP Suresh Arora said Singh’s arrest has exposed the nexus between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency and Gurpatwant Singh Pannu’s fringe outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) as one of his handlers had identified himself as an SFJ operative.
Arora said Singh hails from Daftari Wala Burar village in Patiala district and was out on bail in a case registered in Rajasthan.
Singh was operating a Facebook account under a pseudonym — “Lahoria Jatt Gill”. The account had a profile picture of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the DGP said. (AGENCIES)