Murder bid on Shiv Sena leader: NIA files chargesheet against 8 Khalistani terrorists

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Punjab: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed charge-sheet against eight persons in connection with the murder attempt on Shiv Sena leader Amit Arora.

The charge sheet was filed in the Special NIA Court, Mohali, Punjab. All the accused belong to the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).

According to NIA, the accused persons attempted to kill Amit Arora by use of firearms in the evening of February 3, 2016 when he was sitting in his car parked near GT Road, Ludhiana, Punjab.

During the investigation, it was found that the attempt on the life of Arora was part of a trans-national conspiracy hatched by senior leadership of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).

The objective of the conspiracy was to destabilize the law and order situation in Punjab and to revive the fledgeling terrorism in the state. It was found that the conspiracy had its foot-prints in several countries including, Pakistan, UK, Australia, France, Italy and the UAE.

As part of the conspiracy, substantial amounts of funds were supplied through Italy, Australia and the UK to the perpetrators of the Killings/ Attempted Killings, viz. Hardeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh. These funds were used by them to purchase weapons for executing the killings and other logistics.

Among the eight accused are Hardeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Dharminder Singh, Anil Kumar, Jagtar Singh Johal, Harmeet Singh (suspected to be in Pakistan), Gurjinder Singh (suspected to be in Italy), Gursharanbir Singh (suspected to be in UK).

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