CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police have received alerts that Congress leaders Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler and six other leaders are on the hit-list of Sikh radicals and face assassination threat. Both the leaders are accused of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
According to sources, the police recently arrested five alleged terrorists involved in the killing of seven Hindu leaders in the state between April last year and October this year. During interrogation, they confessed that in meetings held by terror groups abroad, they were instructed to assassinate Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, besides six others, including some political and religious leaders in Punjab. They revealed the backing of Pakistan’s top intelligence agency ISI.
Their handlers were traced to the UK, Italy and Canada. The police are tight-lipped about the six other names on the hit-list. “We are now trying to track the foreign handlers of the terror module, which was managed through social media. These handlers used social media to contact and brainwash potential radicals,” said director general of Punjab Police Suresh Arora.
“Among the five arrested, two were identified as shooters Hardeep Singh alias Shera from Fatehgarh Sahib and Ramandeep Singh from Ludhiana. They were instructed to identify soft targets from the RSS cadre. The two contacted each other over Facebook and worked in close coordination. They were in turn controlled by terror agencies abroad through a mobile application named Signal,” he added. Sources said other agencies are helping the state police in the operation and may possibly share information with other competent authorities.