NIA files charge-sheets against 15 in targeted killings in Punjab

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed two separate charge-sheets against 15 accused persons in Amit Sharma and Pastor Sultan Masih murder case in the Special NIA Court at Mohali.

The accused have been charged under various sections of the IPC, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and in the Arms Act. These include persons who sold or facilitated the sale of weapons to the accused persons to carry out the killings.

During investigation, the probe agency found that the killings of Amit Sharma and Pastor Sultan Masih were part of Trans-national conspiracy hatched by senior leadership of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).

Eight incidents of ‘targeted Killings’ or attempted killings were executed as part of this conspiracy between January, 2016 and October, 2017 in Punjab.

All the persons targeted belonged to certain specific communities and organisation. The objective of the conspiracy was to de-stabilise the law and order situation in Punjab and to revive the fledgling terrorism in the state.

The investigation agency also found that the conspiracy had its foot-prints in several countries including, Pakistan, UK, Australia, France, Italy and the UAE.

As part of the conspiracy, large amounts of funds were supplied through Italy, Australia and the UK to the perpetrators of the killings, Hardeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh. These funds were used by them to purchase weapons for executing the killings and other logistics.

The conspiracy included recruitment and training of Hardeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh in Italy, Dubai and UAE. Accused Hardeep Singh is the permanent resident of Italy while accused Ramandeep Singh belongs to Ludhiana.

Both these persons were trained by one Gursharanbir Singh, a UK national. Another UK national, Jagtar Singh Johal, who has been arrested in the case was involved in the funding of the conspiracy. Day to day co-ordination of the conspiracy was done by Pakistan based Harmeet Singh alias PhD.

The charge-sheet is based on the evidence collected from Oral, documentary, material and electronic sources. Besides, evidences have also been collected from several other countries.

 

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