A conspiracy to carry out blasts in a crowded area in Punjab’s Jalalabad was exposed when the police arrested an accused who was planning the blast.
The police have also recovered a “tiffin bomb” – a lunchbox rigged with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) based on information provided by Parveen Kumar, who has been arrested.
The tiffin bomb was hidden in a field near Parveen’s village Dharmapura, just 3 km from the Indo-Pak border.
A statement from the state government said that this is the fourth such tiffin bomb recovered from the state in the last 40 days. The statement said it was a “Made in Pakistan” tiffin box with pictures of cartoons on it and was part of “Pakistan’s diabolical plan to end extremism in the state and take innocent lives”.
Giving details of the developments from the Punjab government, the statement came on a day when Amarinder Singh stepped down as the chief minister after a bitter feud within the ruling Congress. Mr Singh has on several occasions flagged off threats from across the border. Earlier this year, Mr Singh urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume talks with farmers opposing the new agriculture laws, citing “cross-border threats” by ISI-backed groups ahead of assembly elections. did.
According to an official statement, Parveen told the police that earlier this week a motorcycle loaded with explosives was to be parked in a crowded area of Jalalabad as part of a conspiracy to explode in Fazilka district.
On Wednesday, a motorcycle exploded in Jalalabad, killing the rider Balwinder Singh. Police have said Singh had a criminal record and was part of a group of four who allegedly planned the blast.
Firozpur Range Inspector General of Police Jatinder Singh Aulakh said Parveen was arrested after an investigation, which pointed to his role in the blast conspiracy. He said that Parveen has named two other people Sukhwinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh as part of the conspiracy.
Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Hilori said that the police have registered a case against the four accused and efforts are on to arrest Sukhwinder and Gurpreet. He said that the four accused have criminal background and are relatives of each other.
Earlier on August 8, Amritsar Rural Police had recovered five grenades and a tiffin bomb from Dalke village in Lopoke. The Kapurthala police had recovered two grenades, a tiffin bomb and other explosive material at Phagwara on August 20. Another third tiffin was used to blow up an oil tanker at Ajnala on 8 August.