The Punjab Police on October 4 claimed to have busted an ISI-backed narco-terrorist module and arrested its chief operative and recovered arms and explosives from his possession.

The accused has been identified as a resident of Rajoke village in Tarn Taran district and named as Yograj Singh alias Jog. The module was jointly operated by Canadian Lakbir Singh alias Landa, Pakistani Harvinder Singh Rinda and Italian Harpreet Singh alias Happy, police said.

Police allege the group was backed by Pakistan’s inter-intelligence spy agency.

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Amid heightened vigilance by the Punjab police against anti-social elements ahead of the festival season, Amritsar rural police busted the module, Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav said.

Also, the police identified five more accomplices who were part of the group and were carrying out illegal activities across Punjab and neighboring states.

Police have launched a manhunt to nab them, Amritsar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rural Swopan Sharma said, adding that the discovery of the “Landa-Rinda terror module” was a major success for the state police.

The police found “a tiffin box filled with RDX made into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or tiffin bomb, two sophisticated AK-56 automatic rifles along with two magazines and 30 live cartridges, one .30 bore pistol along with six live cartridges and 2 kilos of heroin from the applicant,” said the announcement of the DGP.

Yograj is the main operative of this module and is wanted by the state police and central enforcement agencies in at least five criminal cases, including the one where five AK-47 assault rifles were seized in Tarn Taran in September 2019, the DGP said.

The cross-border arms-explosives-drugs smuggling operations were mainly run by Yograj on the directions of Landa, Rinda and Happy and jailed smuggler Gurpavithar alias Sai of Lakhna of Tarn Taran. Yograj was active in the recovery and onward delivery of large-scale arms and drug shipments, he added.

With PTI inputs.

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