A Babbar Khalsa militant, Narain Singh Chaura was arrested by Punjab police from Jalalabad area of Tarn Taran district yesterday.
Police officials said that on the basis of an intelligence input, Chaura was arrested by the police from Jalabad village last evening and police has recovered one AK 56, one .30 Mauser, 70 live rounds and five hand grenades from his hideout in Kurali. “We have also arrested Chaura’s two accomplices, Sukhwant Singh and Sukhdev Singh from Jalalabad and Pandori village on the basis of information provided by Chaura,” said a senior police official.
Police officials said that Chaura has been actively associated with militant activities in Punjab since the early 1980s and in 1984, he had crossed over to Pakistan and was instrumental in smuggling in huge consignments of weapons and explosives into Punjab during the initial stages of militancy. “While in Pakistan he authored a book on Guerrilla war fare and other seditious literature. He returned to India in 1986, went underground and later again crossed over to Pakistan. In 1989, he came back to operate in India under the assumed names of Chamkaur Singh and Kapoor Singh Jamraudh. He founded the Akal Federation and later the Khalistan Liberation Army outfits.’” said the police official.
Police officials further stated that Narain Singh Chaura had been actively attempting to revive militancy in Punjab by coordinating the efforts to revive militancy in Punjab. He is involved in over two dozen cases of terrorist activity. “He was instrumental in Burail Jail break case leading to the escape of Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh Bheora. He was arrested by the police and he remained lodged in Burail Jail from where he was released on bail in 2005. In December 2009 and January 2010, he procured huge quantities of arms and explosives from Pakistan and distributed the same to terrorist modules in Punjab. A part of this consignment was recovered with the recovery of an explosive laden Maruti Car at Amritsar in May 2010. Other parts of this consignment, two AK-74 rifles, one Sub Machine Gun, three Pistols, one .315 Bore Riffle, one Revolver, one AK-47 and 15 Kg RDX were recovered in June and July 2010 when Punjab police busted 2 BKI modules. After the arrests of his associates, Narain Singh Chaura had gone underground in 2010 and Punjab government had announced a reward of Rs.10 Lacs for his arrest,” added the police official.