Case of the Ludhiana explosion solved, external angle under scanner: DGP

Chandigarh, December 25 (UNI) Punjab Police Director General Siddarth Chattopadhyaya said on Saturday that the Ludhiana District Court explosion case that left one dead was resolved within 24 hours thanks to the efforts spouses of the Punjab police, intelligence services and central agencies. He did not rule out external angles as the alleged accused has ties to Khalistani.

The explosion that rocked the Punjab, linked to the elections, and which had repercussions on national politics, saw Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju rushing to Ludhiana a day later to take stock.

At a press conference here, the DGP said police had found plenty of leads. The place was immediately cordoned off and was fully investigated Thursday when the blast left at least six injured.

Ragged clothes, a mobile SIM card and a tattoo on the only victim set the pace for the probe.

Preliminary investigation showed that the deceased was a Chief Constable of the Punjab Police Force dismissed Gagandeep Singh. He was carrying the explosive, the DGP said.

A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) was filed against police personnel dismissed in 2019 after recovering 385g of heroin. At that time, he was assigned as a munshi at Sadar Khanna police station.

Chattopadhyaya said Gagandeep was arrested and remained in prison for two years where he formed links with Khalistani and Mafia elements and drug traffickers. The fired cop was out on bail.

He said the investigation into the blast is ongoing.

The DGP said police have detained more people and are also investigating external plot angles.

Chattopadhyaya, who took office in mid-December, replacing Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, said that upon arrival terrorism was the only challenge, but now the drug mafia, organized crime and the terror added a dangerous cocktail and the Ludhiana explosion is one example. .

Regarding the Golden Temple sacrilege case, the DGP said a special investigative team had been formed to investigate the case and the case would be resolved soon.

He clarified that the accused had not yet been identified.

Regarding the alleged sacrilege incident in the village of Nizampur in Kapurthala, Chattopadhyaya said after investigation it was discovered that it was not a case of sacrilege.

The man came there for theft, was lynched by the mob. He said police had recorded a murder case against those who killed him and called on the public not to take justice.


Shirlene J. Manley