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4 suspects who provided logistic support detained, says Punjab Police

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Chandigarh, Dec 12 (PTI): Three days after an RPG attack at a police station in Tarn Taran, the Punjab Police on Monday said it has detained four suspects who provided logistical support in carrying it out.

Two suspects who carried out the attack were yet to be detained, it said.

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The rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the Sarhali police station in Tarn Taran on Friday night, the second such attack in the state in the last seven months.

Briefing the media here, inspector general of police (Headquarters) Sukhchain Singh Gill said four suspects who provided logistic support and motor cycles, in the RPG attack have been detained.

“Two people who executed this act, their identification process is going on,” he said.

“I cannot disclose any name at this stage. Identification, detaining of suspects and the process of further identification are going on,” he added.

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Gill said in one or two days, police will disclose more facts, including names, who were behind it and how it was done.

He said the investigation was being conducted under the supervision of additional director general of police (Internal Security) R N Dhoke while ADGP (Counter Intelligence) Amit Prasad was camping in Amritsar.

Prima facie, police have got all the clues of this incident, he said, adding that the crime has been unearthed. Further investigation is underway, he said.

Replying to a question, Gill said the security of all police buildings, including police stations, has been strengthened.

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Some unidentified people had fired the projectile which hit the Saanjh Kendra adjoining the Sarhali police station on the Amritsar-Bathinda highway on Friday night.

The projectile first struck the iron grills of the gate of the police station and then hit the wall of the Saanjh Kendra.

Director general of police Gaurav Yadav, who had visited the site, had said that it was military-grade hardware which was suspected to have been smuggled from across the border.

“There is a clear indication that it is a strategy of the neighbouring nation to bleed India by a thousand cuts,” the DGP had said.

An FIR under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has been registered in connection with the incident.

Meanwhile, Gill, while referring to the murder of a cloth merchant in Jalandhar said three people have been detained. He said the person who made the extortion call to the businessman has been identified.

A person, who received money in his account from abroad for executing the murder, has also been detained, said Gill.

Thirty-nine-year-old Bhupinder Singh, who was under police protection, was shot dead by five assailants at Nakodar last week. A policeman deployed in his security was also killed in the incident.


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