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Delhi Police arrests Khalistan Commando Force member

Delhi Police arrests Khalistan Commando Force member
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New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a member of Khalistan Commando Force from ISBT Delhi on March 12. The accused, identified as 53-year-old Gursewak Singh, was a known associate of infamous militant Jarnail Singh and was wanted in connection with non-bailable warrants issued by the Patiala House Court in two cases when he was arrested.

ACP RK Ojha led the team which was formed under the supervision of DCP Bhisham Singh.

After the police started technical and manual surveillance, it was revealed that the accused was in contact with some militants currently serving time in Tihar jail. Police said that the team received a secret tip-off from a confidential source about Gursewak's meeting with one of his associates at ISBT Delhi, when they arrested him.

The accused has been known to be involved in over 50 criminal cases including terrorist activities, murder of police officials and informers, bank and police station dacoities, and several robberies in at least four states. Police said that Gursewak joined the Jarnail Singh's militant organisation in 1982 but when their leader was killed during "Operation Blue Star" in 1984, he joined the newly formed Khalistan Commando Force under the leadership of Manveer Singh Chehdu.

In 1985, the accused murdered eight police personnel of Punjab Police while freeing KCF chief Jarnal Labh Singh and his associates from police custody in a court house.

The accused spent 18 years in Tihar Jail after being arrested in a case of murdering 9 members of a family in Punjab, from where he planned to smuggle arms and ammunition in large numbers including automatic assault rifles (AK-47) and explosives. This plan, however, was foiled in 1998 by Delhi Police when they apprehended two terrorists from Punjabi Bagh with 18kgs of RDX, eight hand grenades with 10 fuses, an AK-47 with 100 cartridges, and a pistol with five magazines and up to 130 cartridges. Police said that the most recent case against the accused is one registered by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police under the Arms Act in 2017.

Additional Commissioner of Police Ajit Kumar added that relevant authorities have been informed regarding the arrest of the accused.

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