Hindu leader’s killing: NIA files chargesheet against 3

Hindu leader’s killing: NIA files chargesheet against 3

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 13

Anti-terror probe agency NIA today said it had filed a chargesheet in a local special court against three arms suppliers in the case of killing of Hindu leader Amit Sharma, president of Sri Hindu Takht, Ludhiana.

Officials in the NIA said in the chargesheet, the agency had named arms suppliers Ashish Kumar, Javed and Arshad Ali, alias Munshi, all residents of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh. They have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Arms Act.

“The case has arisen out of the Ludhiana Police FIR dated January 15, 2017, related to the killing of Amit Sharma,” NIA spokesperson Jaya Roy said.

On January 14, 2017, two unknown motorcycle-borne assailants killed Sharma as a part of an organised conspiracy hatched by terrorist outfit Khalistan Liberation Front, she said, adding that the murder was one among eight such cases of serial killings/attempted killings that took place in Punjab in 2016-2017 with a view to create terror and communal disturbance.

“Investigation has established that the accused facilitated other persons in the commission of the terrorist act leading to the killing of Sharma by supplying illegal fire arms used in the crime. They had supplied illegal arms, including .32 bore pistols, which, along with other weapons/fire arms, were used in targeted killings in Punjab,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the NIA had filed a chargesheet on May 14, 2018, against 15 accused persons in the case. They included Hardeep Singh, alias Shera; Ramandeep Singh, alias Canadian; Dharminder Singh, alias Guguni; Anil Kumar, alias Kala; Jagtar Singh Johal, alias Jaggi; Amaninder Singh, alias Mindu; Manpreet Singh, alias Mani; Ravipal Singh, alias Bhunda; Pahad Singh; Parvez, alias Farru; Malook Tomar, Harmeet Singh, alias Happy; Gurjinder Singh alias Shastri, Gursharanbir Singh, alias Pehalwan and Gurjant Singh Dhillon.

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