Police inspect the site of a blast, which reportedly killed two people and injured four, inside the court complex in Ludhiana (AFP)
NEW DELHI: Germany has arrested prominent Khalistani terror plotter Jaswinder Singh Multani in what marks a breakthrough for India’s counter-terror effort to foil plans of Pakistan’s Inter State Intelligence to engineer terror attacks in Punjab and other parts, including Mumbai.
The arrest of Multani, an activist of the ISI- backed Khalistani outfit, Sikh for Justice (SFJ), who is considered to be the mastermind of the recent blast in a Ludhiana court, happened on the basis of precise intelligence provided by Indian agencies.
The arrested terrorist had drawn plan to carry out a big terror strike in Mumbai. He is currently in German custody and will be questioned by Indian investigators.
A close aide of SFJ leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu who led the Referendum 2020 campaign for Khalistan, Multani has also been accused of plotting an assassination attempt on Balbir Singh Rajewal, a prominent farm leader who formed the vanguard of protests against the now-scrapped agricultural reforms laws, as part of a larger conspiracy to destabilise Punjab by provoking Sikhs. Rajewal has been projected as the chief ministerial candidate of the 22 farm unions from Punjab which have decided to contest together all the 117 seats in the assembly polls due early next year.
The Indian government worked over the weekend to ensure Germany understood the gravity of the situation, particularly since a big terror attack seemed likely in Mumbai, with the agencies getting tipped off about the arrival of a cache of arms and explosives as well as efforts to gather a team to carry out the attack.
In fact, bilateral relations were tested as India laid on diplomatic pressure on its strategic partner in Europe to nab Multani on the basis of the specific inputs provided by Indian agencies.
During probe into the Ludhiana blast, police came across clues about the involvement of two suspects— Babbar Khalsa terrorist Harvinder Singh Sandhu who is being sheltered by ISI in Pakistan, and Multani in Germany.