In a joint operation conducted by Ludhiana police and counter intelligence department of Punjab police, 7 members of the dreaded Babbar Khalsa International have been arrested today. Five of those arrested are in the 18-23 age group, which indicates that people are being brainwashed at an early age. And even well-educated people are getting associated with terrorist organizations, as can be seen from the fact that one of the arrested members is a mechanical engineering student. The seven members that were arrested today by the police are Kuldeep Singh of Basti Jodhewal, Ludhiana, Jasvir Singh of Tarantan, Amandeep Singh of Jalandhar, Manpreet Singh of Moga, Onkar Singh, Jugraj Singh and Amritpal Singh of Amritsar. The police have recovered various firearms from the arrested such as a 32 bore pistol with 20 cartridges and two 315 bore country pistols with 13 cartridges.
Providing details about the arrest, the Commissioner of police, RN Dhoke said that the arrested members were inducted into the Babbar Khalsa International by Surinder Singh Babar. Surinder operates from England and he had contacted these people through Facebook. “Basically, Babar was looking for youngsters supporting Khalistan to promote Khalistani activities here. He would trace young Khalistan supporters and emotionally provoke them to work for Babar Khalsa,” Dhoke said. Surinder would browse social media channels and contact people who were posting comments in favor of Khalistan. Youngsters were an easy target since they have impressionable minds and are often unable to see the big picture.