CHANDIGARH, April 5 BUREAU CHIEF PANJAB H M TRIKHA
With the arrest of a highly educated but radicalized Sikh Youth, Inderjit Singh @ Rinku, trained in making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with the help of Pak's ISI, the Counter Intelligence Wing of the Punjab Police has averted a major lone wolf attack in the state.
An Engineering Graduate with a MBA degree, Inderjit Singh, a resident of Faridabad, was nabbed on Wednesday from SAS Nagar, and explosive materials, including chemicals and advanced electronic remote controls, were seized from his Ford Figo Aspire car (HR 01 AR 5972).
According to a police spokesperson, preliminary interrogation of the suspect has revealed that he was acting at the behest of his ISI handlers, who had tasked him to carry out blasts in Punjab with explosives made from locally available chemicals and devices, procured from online marketing websites.
The explosive materials recovered from his possession included Digital Remote Control (Multifunctional type), Light Remote Control (02), and various other materials including chemicals. The explosive material and the accessories were found concealed in his vehicle, which he had used for travelling from Faridabad to SAS Nagar.
During interrogation, Inderjit, currently working with a JCB Company at Faridabad, revealed that he was contacted by the ISI officers on Facebook about two years ago and since then he had been interacting with them and learning to make explosives with DIY (Do It Yourself) kits.
Investigations indicate that Pakistani Intelligence officers had 'chosen' him because of his posts and profile on social media, and they went on to further radicalize him.
The spokesperson said the Pak Intelligence officers who radicalized Inderjit were also actively coordinating and networking the terror module that was busted by the Counter Intelligence Wing, Punjab Police on May 29, 2017. The mastermind of that terror module, Harbarinder Singh, a resident of Mohali, was also in contact with Inderjit Singh through Facebook.
After Harbarinder Singh's arrest, Inderjit was operating as a lone wolf and was procuring material from online marketing websites to make an IED. The spokesperson said Inderjit was highly radicalized and motivated to carry out terrorist activities.
A case has been registered against him u/s 17, 18, 20 Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act and 3, 4, 5 Explosive Substances Act at Police Station SSOC, Mohali. Further investigations are in progress to unravel the entire conspiracy, said the spokesperson.