Friday, January 29, 2021

Balwinder Singh’s murder: Second shooter held from Mumbai airport

Chandigarh: Punjab police have arrested Inderjeet Singh, the second shooter in the murder of Tarn Taran’s Shaurya Chakra awardee Comrade Balwinder Singh on October 16 last year.

He was arrested on Republic Day from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport hours before he was scheduled to board a flight to Dubai.

Punjab police claimed that Inderjeet, along with Gurjit Singh alias Bhaa, shot dead Balwinder at his residence-cum-school at Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district on October 16, 2020.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case probe on January 26 on the directions of the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA), considering the gravity of the offence and its inter-state and international ramifications. On MHA’s directions, NIA re-registered a case in Delhi on January 26. DGP Dinkar Gupta said on Thursday that since the investigations of the case are being taken over by the NIA, Inderjeet would be handed over to them once formalities of the case transfer are completed.

The DGP said that Gurjit had been arrested by the Delhi police on December 7 last year along with his associate Sukhjeet Singh alias Bura. He claimed that while Gurjit and Inderjeet carried out the shooting, Sukhjeet stationed himself at a little distance from the spot. The DGP claimed that during preliminary interrogation, Inderjeet revealed that two foreign-based Khalistani activists contacted him last March through Facebook due to his radical posts. Inderjeet confessed that he was motivated by them to murder Balwinder. He also revealed that one of his two foreign handlers, who identified himself as Sunny from Canada, initially tasked him with conducting a reconnaissance of Balwinder’s residence and later helped him get in touch with Sukh Bhikhariwal, a notorious absconding gangster, to execute the plan. The state police head said the investigation also revealed that Sunny provided financial and logistical support to Inderjeet and his associates before and after the killing. After killing Balwinder, the three allegedly fled from Punjab and stayed at different locations.

29/01/21 Times of India

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