The Punjab government today said that the targeted killings being carried out in the state for more than a year now were part of a conspiracy hatched by Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.
"Breakthrough in targeted killings with arrest of 4, conspiracy was hatched by #ISI on foreign soil to spread communal disturbances," Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted.
Amarinder said it was evident from the investigations that the targeted killings were aimed at fanning communal disturbances to further ISI’s anti-India game-plan since there were strong indications of the active involvement of Pakistani intelligence operatives based in Pak and foreign soil.
Referring to the killings of Amit Arora, Shiv Sena leader Durgadas Gupta, RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja, Sri Hindu Takht official Amit Sharma, Dera Sacha Sauda followers Satpal and Ramesh Kumar, Pastor Sultan Masih, and RSS leader Ravinder Gosain, the Punjab CM said,”Ludhiana, Khanna and Jalandhar targeted killing cases solved with their arrest. 1 of the 4 suspects was a gangster lodged in jail. They were using encrypted mobile software/apps for communication with handlers based in Pakistan, western countries; were trained abroad.”
He also congratulated Punjab Police for their excellent work in nabbing these men and solving the untraced cases.
According to DGP Punjab,''Four have been arrested, further interrogation is underway. ISI link, nexus between gangsters in providing weapons, exploitation of our innocent youth by radicalising them well established.''
Earlier last month, unidentified assailants shot dead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Ravinder Gosain in Punjab’s Ludhiana. Eyewitnesses told the police that Gosain was shot from close range by two motorcycle-borne assailants in Kailash Nagar area.
He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Gosain was returning from an RSS shakha (daily training in the early morning) and was near his house when he was attacked.
Gosain’s killing was the fifth of a right-wing leader in Punjab in the last three years. Senior Punjab RSS leader Brigadier Jagdish Gagneja (retd) was shot by unidentified motor-cycle borne youths in a busy area of Jalandhar city on August 6, 2016. His assailants continue to be at large.
Gagneja, Senior Vice President of the Punjab unit of RSS, was critically injured in the attack. He succumbed to his injuries a month later.