Chandigarh, April 24
The Punjab Police Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) today arrested terrorist Babbar Khalsa Charanjit Singh aka Patialavi who had evaded arrest for the past 12 years.
The arrest was made by the AGTF near a gurdwara in the village of Lali in Dera Bassi.
Hidden for 12 years
- An active member of the BKI, Patialavi had evaded arrest for about 12 years
- Disguising himself as ‘granthi’, he was staying in a gurdwara in West Bengal
AGTF DIG Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said Patialavi, a native of Butta Singh Wala village in Patiala, was declared an offender in a case under the Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2010.
He was an active member of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist module dismantled by the police in 2010 for his involvement in the 2007 Shingar cinema explosion in Ludhiana.
The module was also involved in the 2010 explosions at Ambala and Kali Mata Mandir in Patiala.
All of Patialavi’s other associates were arrested by Punjab police in 2010.
“Patialavi, disguising himself as ‘granthi’, was currently staying at a gurdwara in Kharagpur in West Bengal and was not using any communication device,” Bhullar said.
Various identity cards bearing his address in West Bengal were seized from him.