Weapons supplier of the Jalistan team trapped in Haridwar
LUCKNOW: The Anti-Terror Squadron (UPATS) arrested an arms dealer, who was a key weapons supplier of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), of Haridwar on Saturday. The initial investigation and scrutiny of the details of his call revealed that he was in contact with some people in Pakistan.
UPATS officials said Punjab Police had shared information about arms supplier Ashish Singh's movement in UP last week. Working on the lead, we arrested from Tikri on Jadugar road in Civil Lines area of Haridwar. He is accused of attempt to murder, rioting with deadly weapons, criminal conspiracy and harboring offenders from Punjab in 2018, said officials.
ATS is investigating its supply channel and chains in UP.
Another ATS official aware of the investigation said: Ashish is considered the right hand of the KLF chief, Gugni Grewal, also known as Harmeet Singh, and the main supplier of weapons by force. Ashish also has a role in the murder of RSS and Shiv Sena workers.
Punjab police had tracked down a Monkh Sukhpreet Singh in Punjab after KLF chief Harmeet was killed in Pakistan on January 27, 2020 by a local gang for alleged financial disputes in drug smuggling. Sukhpreet revealed details about the role and location of Ashish.
ADG ATS, DK Thakur, said Ashish was also named in other cases, including the illegal sale of spirits. He contacted the KLF chief while he was locked in Patiala prison. Ashish supplied 10 guns to the head of KLF. We are tracking arms acquisition channels of Ashish. We arrested Ashish for information from the Punjab police while searching to locate his accomplices in Uttar Pradesh.