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Gangster’s Facebook post leaves Punjab Police red-faced

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Source: Saraj Sandhu, who is being chased by the state police

Chandigarh, Nov 13: A Facebook post by a gangster, involved in the killing of a Hindu leader in Amritsar, admitting to his crime, has left the Punjab Police embarrassed.

Saraj Sandhu, who is being chased by the state police, not only admitted to killing Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipan Sharma, but even suggested that the “killing should not be linked to religion”.

Police sources told IANS on Monday that the social media post of Sandhu, who has been on the run since the killing on October 30, along with three other accused, was being investigated.

“We are verifying whether the gangster has uploaded the post or someone else has done it for him. He must be in touch with some people,” the police source said.

In his post, Sandhu has justified Sharma’s killing. He claimed it was carried out to seek revenge. Sharma was involved in a conspiracy to kill Sandhu’s friend’s father.

The Punjab Police had, last week, arrested Sukhraj Kaur, Sandhu’s mother, from her home in Sultanwind near Amritsar on charges of harbouring her son and other criminals.

Sandhu was clearly seen pumping seven bullets into Sharma in a CCTV footage. Another accomplice of Sandhu, who also fired at Sharma, had his face covered.

Sharma was killed in broad daylight on October 30. Since both killers were wearing turbans and bearded, the police was working on the angle of Sharma being targeted by Sikh radicals.

In the past two years, a few Hindu leaders have been targeted by pro-Khalistan elements trying to re-emerge in Punjab.

Sharma was the district president of Hindu Sangharsh Sena in Amritsar. He was shot dead in the Bharat Nagar area near Batala Road.

At least four assailants were involved in the attack, the police said later.

The state Police last week busted a terror module operating in Punjab which was being linked to the killing of Hindu leaders in the state.

Five members of the module have also been arrested and weapons recovered from them.

Further investigations were on and more arrests were expected. The terror module is being linked to pro-Khalistan elements based in Britain, Italy and Canada.

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13 kindergarten students injured in Himachal Pradesh accident

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Shimla, June 21: At least 13 kindergarten students were wounded on Thursday after their vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district.

The accident took place, when students belonging to a private school in Sarkaghat area, were returning home from school when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn near Garli, IANS reported.

According to ANI, one student was killed.

Injured children were admitted to the Zonal hospital in Mandi, some 150 km from the state capital.

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Army operations kill more civilians than terrorists: Ghulam Nabi Azad

BJP’s language of “all out operations” in J&K indicated that a “massacre” was being planned. BJP said the comments were unfair to Army personnel who put their lives on the line to protect civilians.

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NEW DELHI: Congress leader and former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad sparked a controversy when he said Army operations in the state killed more civilians than terrorists, eliciting a strong response from BJP, which accused Congress of trying to demoralise the armed forces.

In a TV interview, Azad also said BJP’s language of “all out operations” in J&K indicated that a “massacre” was being planned. BJP said the comments were unfair to Army personnel who put their lives on the line to protect civilians.

“They (forces) take action against four terrorists and kill 20 civilians. Their action is more against civilians than terrorists. For instance, they killed 13 civilians in Pulwama and just one terrorist,” Azad said in the interview.

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Gorakhpur terror funding mastermind arrested in Pune

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Lucknow, June 21: Gorakhpur terror funding mastermind Ramesh Shah has been arrested in a joint operation by the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra Polic in connection with the  6 terror suspects who were arrested in March.

On his instruction, the ATS official said more than Rs 1 crore exchanged hands between the Pakistani handler and terror operatives, with major funds coming from the Middle East, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala and distributed to various states.

The arrest was made from Pune on Tuesday and he is being brought to Lucknow on transit remand.

 

 

Inspector General of ATS Aseem Arun said that soon after his arrival, Shah would be produced in an Uttar Pradesh court and taken on remand for further interrogation.

Six persons involved in criminal conspiracy and distributing money into various bank accounts on the instructions given by a Pakistani handler were arrested on March 24 from Gorakhpur, an official told..

The 28-year-old Shah was the kingpin of the gangand he hails from Gopalganj in Bihar and has been operating a shopping mart in Gorakhpur for many years.

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