Ludhiana, Oct 15 (UNI) The agencies investigating the bomb explosion inside the Shingar cinema which left six dead and 33 injured are looking into various possibilities including a possible link up between the Punjab and Kashmiri militants.
"The possibility of the crime having been a joint handiwork of the Punjab and Kashmiri militants cannot be ruled out", a senior Punjab Police official involved in the investigations revealed here today.
To support his claim the official pointed to the links that the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) had with certain Kashmiri outfits in the past. The head of the KZF Ranjit Singh Neeta, who is currently believed to be based in Pakistan had forged links with the Lakshar-e-Toiba. Neeta is basically a resident of Jammu and Kashmir.
The International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) headed by Pak-based Lakhbir Singh Rode is also believed to have had links with Kashmiri organisations. The RDX recovered late last year by the Jalandhar police was believed have been sent from Pakistan by Lakhbir Singh Rode to target prominent leaders of Punjab during the assembly polls.
The official also did not rule out the hand of the Babbar Khalsa Internationl (BKI) as a majority of the bomb explosion during the phase of militancy in Punjab was attributed to this organisation.
This group was responsible for the twin bomb explosions in a Delhi cinema hall last year. The head of this group Wadhawa Singh is also based across the border.
Intelligence agencies have however ruled out the the involvement of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) or the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), as both these groups have not been active for the last few years.
In the last three years there have been two minor explosions triggered by terroist groups in Punjab and Chandigarh. The first one was in a bus in Jalandhar which left five or six persons injured and the other was at the Chandigarh ISBT which left seven injured.
The agencies have also not ruled the possibility of the blast being the handiwork of only the Kashmiri militant groups. Officials are also working on the possibility of SIMI being involved in the incident.