Maharashtra: One person was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Pune’s Chakan on December 2 for allegedly carrying weapons, stated news agency ANI. Upon investigation, the person was found to be an active member of the Khalistan movement. The suspect had been in contact with Khalistani activists of Pakistan and India.

According to a report by India Today, the squad recovered a pistol, five live rounds and cash amounting to Rs. 41,000 from the accused. The ATS said that the 42-year-old accused, identified as Harpal Singh Nagra, was active on the social media. The ATS alleged that with the help of social media, the accused radicalised the youths.

A press release stated that the accused had allegedly developed contacts with “terror-minded persons across the country and abroad including Pakistan” as he believed in the formation of a separate Khalistan for the Sikhs.

During the probe, another associate was found to be a member of his gang and was recently arrested by the Sarhand Police Station, Punjab.

Both the accused have been charged under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Further investigations on the matter are underway.

(With Agency inputs)