Ludhiana, Dec 30 (UNI) Punjab police today said it had arrested four militants with about 5 kg RDX and other explosive materials, who were involved in the Shingar Cinema blast in the city and were planning more explosions during the New-year.
Punjab police chief, DGP N P S Aulakh disclosed in the press conference here today that the terrorists behind the Cinema blast in which six persons were killed and 37 others injured, have been identified as Gurpreet Singh of Mandi Mullanpur, Palvinder Singh of Jagraon, Sandeep Singh of Sudhar, Ravinder Singh 'Rinku' of Ludhiana.
According to Mr Aulakh, on a tip-off that Gurpreet and his other associates were holding a secret meeting where they were planning to make explosions at selected targets on the New Year, special teams set off last night to track and arrest these persons.
They succeeded in nabbing them from different places in the city along with a large amount of arms, explosive materials and other accessories.
On their interrogation, their leader Gurpreet Singh 'Khalsa' revealed that he was trained into terrorist activities in Pakistani last year and had come back to recruit and train local youths in terrorist activists.
He used to hold training sessions in bomb making with local recruits in Garhi Mansowal, a hilly secluded place, and used to hide the RDX and other blast material there.
About 2 kg RDX was recovered from Gurpreet, along with a piece of plugged pipe with 9 inch diametre, one Detonator, one Battery, electric wire and one country-made pistol with 4 cartridges.
Sandeep Singh Alias Harry was arrested with 2 Kg of RDX, A piece of 16 inch pipe plugged from both the sides, One Detonator, One Battery, electric wire, one .22 bore pistol with 5 cartrdiges and a scooter.
Palwinder Singh was nabbed with 500 Gms RDX, similar pipe, One Detonator, One Battery 9 Volt Marka HW, Nut Bolt.
Ravinder Singh 'Rinku' was nabbed with 500 gm RDX.
Earlier, about 4 kg RDX, along with other accessories, was recovered by Ludhiana Police (City) on September 2 this year from a car near Mullanpur Daka.
Sanjeev Kalra IGP, Jalandhar Zone, Jalandhar, Ishwar Singh, IPS, DIG, Ludhiana Range, Ludhiana and R K Jaiswal, IPS, SSP, Ludhiana were deputed to investigate the case, the police chief said.