In a major achievement, Ludhiana Police arrested seven members of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) on Saturday.
It was a combined operation of Ludhiana Police and Counter Intelligence Wing of Punjab Police. Five of the arrested accused are between the age of 18 and 23 years, including a class XI student, a Granthi at a Gurudwara, and a minor.
According to an investigating official, an England-based active member of BKI Surinder Singh Babbar had approached them through social media site Facebook to carry out terrorist activities in Punjab.
Anti-Khalistan and anti-Sikhs groups which are active on social networking sites were their targets and they were planning a big strike in Punjab.
"The Babbar Khalsa International was planning to carry out subversive activities in Punjab for which the active member of BKI in England, Surinder Singh Babbar, picked these seven people from different districts of Punjab. He approached them through social networking sites and emotionally provoked them to be a part of the terrorist organization," said Commissioner of police R N Dhoke.
He added, "Though the arrested accused have no criminal background, and they have joined the terrorist organization couple of months ago, they were preparing for a big strike in Punjab. They had also held a few meetings in Ludhiana for the same purpose."
The police recovered one .32 bore pistol, 20 cartridges, and two .315 bore country-made pistols with 13 cartridges.