Jalandhar, Apr 4: The Counter Intelligence Wing (CIW) of the Punjab Police on Tuesday arrested four youths from Banga while foiling a plan by Pakistan-based agency ISI to propagate the ‘Referendum -2020’ – an anti-India propaganda. Those arrested had also planned to disrupt the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches in Mohali.
Jalandhar and Nawanshahr officials, in a joint operation, arrested Manvir Singh, Jaspreet Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Randhir at a naka at Gunachaur village when they were on their way to set a liquor vend on Banga-Mukandpur road afire. They have been remanded to four-day police custody. (ALSO READ: Indian Premier League 2018 Full Schedule With Venue Details)
According to police, the youths were radicalised through a Facebook page – Referendum 2020 – being run by Deep Kaur, where they came in contact with a fake profile created by an ISI agent ‘Fateh Singh’.
Reportedly, ‘Fateh Singh’ directed the youths to set liquor shops and buses afire. A case has been registered at Banga Sadar police station under Sections 436, 511 and 120-B of the IPC in connection with the matter.
The youths had even pasted ‘Referendum 2020’ poster on walls in various areas of Banga and Nawanshahr. In the past six months, the accused had carried out the activity in 20-25 places.
A report quotes the police as claiming that Deep Kaur had sent Rs 70,000 to the youths which they used to purchase a motorbike and the remaining was given to ‘Guru Khalsa’ of Amritsar for getting illegal weapons.
The first IPL 2018 match at Mohali will be held between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians at IS Bindra Stadium on May 4.