Police unveils conspiracy to assassinate Sacha Sauda chief

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Zira (Ferozepur), Nov 8 (UNI) Punjab police has unearthed a conspiracy hatched by Pak-based Sikh militant outfit Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) to assassinate Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim Singh, state police chief NPS Aulakh said here today.

Addressing a press conference jointly with Border Range IG R P Meena, Mr Aulakh said that the disclosure about the assassination plan was revealed by the three recently arrested people with a cache of arms and other contraband, during their interrogation.

The three had received the consignment of five AK 56 rifles, of which four were brand new, 11 pistols, a large quantity of ammunition, 25 kg heroin and Rs 21 lakh fake currency notes from Pak-based KZF chief Ranjit Singh Neeta to help execute the plan, the DGP said.

This consignment, sent by Neeta had reached here recently through the riverine belt along the Sutlej river in Husseiniwallah sector and handed over to Sukhminder Singh, a notorious drug smuggler.

The accused identified as Gursevak Singh, Kuldeep Singh from Mukhewala village and Sukhminder Singh, sarpanch of Khaneke village of Firozpur district were arrested in the past two days.

The absconding Harmeet Singh alias 'Professor', an ex-SGPC employee from Amritsar was in daily contact with Neeta, who had instructed the group to positively carry out the Dera chief's assassination, they revealed.

The Punjab police chief, however, asserted that the state police were alert against such devious plans and no one would be allowed to disrupt peace in the state.

The operation was jointly carried out by the Special Narcotics Cell, Amritsar, headed by SSP Praveen Sinha and the Ferozpur police.

The SHO Makho, Gurpreet Singh, and his four-member team were given promotion and cash award each for intercepting the car yesterday near Makhu in which Gursevak Singh and Harmeet Singh were carrying the consignment.

Police was confident of nabbing Harmeet Singh, who had managed to escape, Mr Aulakh said.

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