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3 Kashmiris arrested in Delhi after encounter

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Police probing militant links

New Delhi: Five people were arrested after an encounter with police in East Delhi’s Shakarpur area and it is suspected that some of them might have links with militant groups, officials said on Monday.

Two of them are from Punjab and three belong to Kashmir, they said, adding two of the Punjab-based men were involved in the killing of Balwinder Singh in Punjab.

Singh, who received the Shaurya Chakra for fighting militancy, was shot dead in October.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said, “On Monday morning, our team received specific information that two Punjab based criminals were supposed to receive some money from three Kashmiris. On this specific information, five people were arrested after a brief exchange of fire from the Laxmi Nagar area in Delhi.”

Three pistols, two kilograms of heroin and Rs one lakh cash were recovered from them along with the two cars in which they were travelling, he said.

“During preliminary investigation, it has emerged that there was an attempt to link up militant outfits active in Kashmir with Khalistan operatives by Pakistan’s ISI,” he said.

“The three Kashmir-based men were supplying money to the other two to carry out targeted killings. The money was from the sale of drugs.

“They were selling drugs and the proceeds were used for financing terror in Punjab,” the officer said.

Further investigation is on.

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