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Babbar 'human bomb' caught
June 28, 2005 20:10 IST
Delhi Police has arrested a Babbar Khalsa International militant trained as a human bomb who had planned to attack former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal and two prominent religious leaders of Punjab.
Satnam Singh alias Langda, who is physically handicapped, was arrested near the Majnu ka Tilla Gurudwara in central Delhi by the Crime Branch on Monday evening with an English-made pistol and 15 cartridges.
The 30-year-old man, who was a Sikh preacher for five years, had been motivated to become a human bomb by an associate of the chief of Babbar Khalsa's operations in India Jagtar Singh Hawara, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ranjit Narayan said.
He had tried twice to assassinate Bhajan Lal during the assembly elections in Haryana in February.
While the plan had to be aborted the first time because Lal had arrived late for an election meeting in Hissar, the second attempt was to be made at a rally in Ambala in which Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was also present.
However, Satnam did not execute his plan as he found security to be very tight because of the presence of the prime minister, the JCP said.