ISI, Khalistani group plotted killings of RSS men in Punjab

NEW DELHI: An NIA probe into a series of targeted killings, including those of RSS workers, Dera Sacha Sauda followers and a pastor in Punjab in the last two years has revealed that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is using Khalistani extremists to try and stoke communal unrest in the state.

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The plan was to foment tension by killing key people and revive militancy. ISI turned to Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) led by Harminder Singh Mintoo, lodged in Moga jail, and Harmeet Singh, said to be living in Pakistan under ISI cover.

Details of the conspiracy were revealed during questioning of two hitmen — Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Singh — by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the case relating to the murder of Ravinder Gosain, an RSS pracharak, in Ludhiana in October 2017. The duo allegedly admitted to killing six other men — RSS state vice-president Jagdish Gagneja in August 2016, Shiv Sena leader Durga Prasad Gupta in April 2016, Hindu Takht leader Amit Sharma in January, Dera Sacha Sauda follower Satpal Singh and his son in February and Christian pastor Sultan Masih in July. They also attempted to kill a few others.

News Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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