Chandigarh: Investigating agencies in Punjab have found that Pakistan was trying to rearm activists who crossed into the neighboring country after the Operation Bluster or found hideouts in other parts of India.

Working on the clues unearthed during investigation in the past five months, these agencies believe that Pakistan was making a desperate bid to keep up the morale of the underground activists with ‘‘pep up” literature and arms.

Three instances of this bid are being quoted in official circles in support of this theory. The first related to the alleged attempt by Upkar Singh, a brother of Harminder Singh Sandhu, to establish links with Pakistan. While Harminder Singh Sandhu was arrested after the ‘‘Operation Bluestar.” Upkar Singh was arrested about four months ago.

The second clue about Pakistan’s complicity with activists was found when one Jassa was arrested with some of his men last November attempting to smuggle arms from across the border. The investigation agencies found that Jassa had been given shelter by Sutlej Rangers, Pakistani counterpart of the BSF.


The third incident is known as the Dasuya shootout on January 25 in which two persons were killed. Investigation into the incident indicates that Kanwar Singh Dhami, a leader of the ‘“‘Akal Youth Federation’’ who had crossed over to Pakistan after “Operation Bluestar’ had allegedly sent two of his men to commit acts of insurgency. Working through their contact men at Dasuya, these activists reportedly fired indiscriminately, killing two persons and injuring several others.

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