Chandigarh, April 6: The counter intelligence wing of Punjab police has claimed to have averted a major lone wolf attack in the state with the arrest of a youth. Faridabad resident Inderjit Singh was nabbed from SAS Nagar on Wednesday. Media reports say he was remanded to three-day police custody.
Inderjit, aka Rinku, is an engineering graduate and an MBA who worked for a firm in Faridabad. During interrogation, Inderjit is reported to have confessed that he was contacted by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), through Facebook two years ago. Police said ISI probably picked Inderjit because of his posts and profile on social media. With his arrest, police also recovered explosives and advanced remote controls from his car.
Inderjit has reportedly confessed to learning to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) using Do It Yourself (DIY) kits which he picked up from online stores. He said his ISI handlers had assigned him the task of carrying out explosions in the state. Sources said that the ISI handlers who radicalised Inderjit had also been monitoring the terror module that was busted by the counter intelligence wing in May last year. A police spokesman said that the mastermind of that terror outfit, Harbarinder Singh, was also in touch with Inderjit through Facebook. However, after Harbarinder’s arrest last year, Inderjit had been operating as a lone wolf, he said.
A case has been registered against Inderjit under sections 17, 18 and 20 of Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act and sections 3,4,5 of Explosive Substances Act.
Just a few days ago, the Punjab police had arrested four ISI-trained youths who were planning to disrupt IPL matches.