Police recover 35 kg of explosives in Punjab

June 27th, 2008 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Ludhiana, June 27 (IANS) The Punjab police Friday claimed to have recovered nearly 35 kg of explosives near here and alleged that tehse were brought into the state to target migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The recovery was made in Jagraon town, 40 km from here, while three people were trying to take the explosives to a new location.

This is the second major recovery of explosives by the police in recent days. Nearly 25 kg of explosives and 25 detonators were seized from two youths near Jagraon June 17.

The latest recovery was made from a crockery shop owner Amrik Singh. He and two others, Daljit Singh, a driver, and Sarabjit Singh, a tailor, have been arrested.

Jalandhar zone Inspector General of Police Sanjiv Kalra told reporters that in both cases, the modules working in Punjab had links to people in Hamburg city of Germany.

While the earlier module was linked to one Gurmeet Singh, the new module was working for Hamburg resident Surjit Singh Mahal.

“We had information that with help from abroad, some modules were trying to re-activate terrorism in Punjab,” Kalra said.

Police officials said some terrorist organisations were trying to re-group in Punjab after the Dera Sacha Sauda controversy May last year that set the sect followers and Sikhs on a confrontation course.

Kalra said the three people arrested now had got training in handling explosives in Pakistan.

The police said the explosives recovered were not to be used immediately. The modules had been asked to store them at a safe location.

Last year, a bomb blast had taken place inside a cinema hall here that was showing Bhojpuri films. Six people, all migrants, were killed in the blast.

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