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Two Hawara's associates who planned to target politicians nabbed

July 11, 2005 23:25 IST

Two close associates of Babbar Khalsa International chief Jagtar Singh Hawara, who were assigned the task of carrying out attacks on politicians and religious leaders, were arrested by the police in Chandigarh on Monday.

Joga Das alias Joga Singh and Samir alias Tony had allegedly harboured Hawara, an accused in the twin cinema hall blasts in Delhi, after his sensational escape from the Burail jail in January last year, the police said.

The two were apprehended near a football stadium in Sector 17 in the city, Inspector Satbir Singh, who headed the police party that netted the duo, said.

Singh said Hawara had set up several independent modules of Babbar Khalsa and the duo were part of it.

The two were assigned to carry out attacks on specific targets, including politicians and religious leaders, Singh said, adding some arms and ammunition, including a Chinese-made pistol, were seized from them.

He said Joga Das was from Sawaddi Khurd area in Ludhiana while Tony was from Sudhnagar in Jagroan in Punjab.

The inspector said Hawara, who was recently arrested by the Delhi police in connection with the cinema hall blasts, had motivated several persons to become human bombs.

Main targets of the Babbar Khalsa included Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, former supercop K P S Gill, Haryana Congress chief Bhajan Lal and religious leaders Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala and Ashutosh Maharaj, he said.

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