Freedom for a member of India’s terror group Khalistan Tiger Force was short-lived when he was caught by the police’s counter-terrorism officers in Johor.
The 36-year-old man had fled to Malaysia on Sept 27 in an attempt to escape Thai authorities.
He was detained at the Johor Baru exit point on Oct 24 and deported to India on Wednesday.
He was detained under Section 6(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for entering the country without valid documents.
He is believed to be a member of the terror group responsible for the assassination of Rashtariya Singh Sangat president Rulda Singh in July 2009.
The same group is also believed to be responsible for a series of bombings in Punjab in 2010.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said after the assassination, the suspect and Tiger Force leader Jagtar Singh Tara had escaped to Nepal and Thailand before making their way to Malaysia.
“Jagtar Singh is still at large and the hunt for him is still on,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Sources revealed that after the bombings in 2010, the suspect remained in Nepal for two years and in Thailand for another two years.
Based on intelligence reports, the authorities believe the suspect underwent weapons training in an Asian country in August 2009.
The source added that the suspect managed to manufacture two pipe bombs in Punjab in April 2010.
“The first, which was place in Ambala, failed to detonate.
“However, the second bomb detonated in a Patiala street but no injuries were reported,” the source said.
It is believed that the suspect obtained a student pass at the Thai consulate in Kelantan before fleeing to Thailand where he worked at a travel agency after obtaining a Thai work permit.
“He earned 12,000 baht (US$364.96) per month and an additional 13,000 baht (US$395.38) every three months from the terror group as financial assistance,” a source said.
The IGP said the successful capture of the suspect was the result of close cooperation between Bukit Aman and the Indian authorities.
“This latest arrest brings the total number of Sikh terrorists detained in Malaysia since 2009 to six,” he said.
Publication Date : 07-11-2014