Bathinda, October 12
The Bathinda police arrested a man linked with Assam’s Bodo Liberation Tigers Force, identified as Sanjay Bharao, along with his association, while he was preparing weapons in Bathinda. The police seized two fully prepared pistols, two partially prepared ones and material required in preparing arms.
His associate Amrik Singh of Chotian village in Muktsar is said to be on the run and the police are conducting raids to arrest him. As per information, accused Sanjay Bharao was living with his associate Amrik Singh in a rented house at Model Town, Phase 1, for the last 25 days in Bathinda. He was an active member of Assam’s terror outfit Bodo Liberation Tigers Force. In 2003, around 3,000 members of the terror outfit had surrendered before the police.
These days, Bharao was doing the work of plumbing along with Amrik in and around the Bathinda region. Earlier, Bharao used to prepare arms and supplies to the tiger force. The police were on high alert ahead of the arrival of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi in Bathinda on Dasehra. They received information that a person belonging to a terror outfit from Assam was manufacturing ammunition.
In the preliminary inquiry, the suspect admitted that he wanted to manufacture and sell arms in Punjab. Bathinda SSP Ajay Maluja is questioning the accused. The suspect is said to have lived in several other cities before.
DSP Aswant Singh said Bharao used to work for a security agency. His fugitive accomplice Amrik Singh also worked as a security guard in Pune. Bharao came to Punjab with him and both started working as plumbers. — TNS
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