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Punjab Police claims foreign funding behind sacrilege cases, 2 more arrested

Punjab Police claims foreign funding behind sacrilege cases, 2 more arrested

The Faridkot Police on Tuesday arrested two men who were allegedly involved in the sacrilege case reported in Bargadi village in Faridkot which sparked protests at many places in Punjab.

Punjab Police have claimed to have solved five out of seven sacrilege cases in the state. ADGP crime IPS Sahota said the police has solved Faridkot, Sangrur, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Taran-Taran cases and has arrested six persons including a woman. Investigation is on to solve two other cases reported in Bhatinda and Ferozepur .

The Faridkot Police on Tuesday arrested two men who were allegedly involved in the sacrilege case reported in Bargadi village in Faridkot which sparked protests at many places in Punjab. Also read: Punjab remains tense, central forces deployed

Those who have been arrested in Faridkot have been identified as Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh. They are real brothers and were traced on the basis of phone calls which were intercepted on October 15 and 16. ADGP IPS Sahota said that both the accused were in touch with an Australia based operative who lured both with money to desecrate the holy books. 

“We have arrested Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh who have confessed having desecrated Guru Granth Sahib. They are being interrogated to get more details. The investigations are on,” IPS Sahota said.

Sahota said that the accused besides making phone calls to Australia also made calls to Dubai. The police did not disclose the identity of the persons who were guiding Rupinder and Jaswinder from Dubai and Australia. The police though did not rule out the involvement of Khalistan and Pakistan based terror outfits .

The police said those involved in the sacrilege incidents belong to low income groups who were lured with money to desecrate the holy books and to incite the Sikhs.

“The foreign hand  came to light but we cannot comment on the involvement of terror groups at this stage. We will soon disclose more information,” Sahota said.

The police said it is investigating the foreign transactions which were made from Australia. The arrested brothers are being interrogated to trace their links to terror groups. The police will also interrogate four others including a woman who were arrested from Ludhiana and Amritsar.

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