Most Wanted Terrorist Dies of Overdose in Pak: Agencies

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Harvinder Singh Sandhu aka RindaA most wanted terrorist carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh announced by the National Investigation Agency, has died in a hospital in Pakistan’s Lahore, multiple sources from central and state intelligence agencies said on Saturday.

A senior Punjab police official and another from a central agency told the Sunday Express that Rinda, who was under the protection of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and had carried out several terrorist acts in India, was being treated for probably triggered kidney disease. by drug overdose.

Rinda has been named as the mastermind behind the RPG attack on the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali in May this year and the grenade attack on the Crime Investigating Agency (CIA) building in the state police in Nawanshahr last year in November. He was named in more than two dozen criminal cases and, outside of Punjab, he was wanted in Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Haryana and West Bengal. He was carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh announced by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for information about him. Interpol issued a red notice against Rinda in June this year.

“We have learned that Rinda died of a drug overdose,” a senior Punjab police official said.

A senior central agency official, asking not to be named, said Rinda “suffered from a kidney problem and was hospitalized.” The official added: “There are also reports circulating that Rinda died of a drug overdose which is likely to have caused the kidney problem.”

Meanwhile, two government-run hospitals in Lahore – Jinnah Hospital and Services Hospital – have denied such a death in the past two days. There were reports in a section of the media that Rinda died in a military hospital in Lahore. When contacted, a Combined Military Hospital (CMC) official, asking not to be named, told the Sunday Express that “a 33-year-old man named Mohammad Usmaan died of a drug overdose”. The official said no one named Rinda had died in hospital in the past two days.

A senior Punjab police official, however, said they were taking the latest development “with a pinch of salt”.

“In the past, there were reports that Pakistan-based terrorist Harmeet Singh PhD was dead. Six months later, we realized he was alive and well by analyzing his activities and call details. He died some time later,” the official said.

Rinda, a member of the banned Khalistan group Babbar Khalsa International, had taken the help of local gangsters to carry out anti-national activities in India, particularly in Punjab. He was considered the main link between gangsters and terrorist groups based in Pakistan.

According to the latest file kept by the Punjab Police, mentioning his involvement in the RPG attack on the intelligence headquarters, Rinda is the son of Charat Singh Sandhu, originally a resident of Nanded Sahib in Maharashtra where he had “emigrated from the village of Sarhali in the Tarn Taran of Punjab for many years”. from”.

“He is the most wanted A+ grade mobster in Punjab. In addition to this, he is also implicated and wanted in numerous cases by the police forces of Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Haryana and West Bengal,” reads the filing viewed by The Sunday Express.

The filing cites information gathered from various channels and sources to cite his “direct ties to Pakistan-based terrorist groups”, and his “involvement in large-scale cross-border drug and arms trafficking”. “Rinda is a threat to national security” and is currently “suspected of living in Pakistan”, he added. A Watch Circular (LoC) was issued against Rinda on 18th August 2017 and a request for a red corner notice against him was sent to the Central Bureau of Investigation by the Punjab Bureau of Investigation on 5th May this year , four days before the RPG attack. took place at the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali. Another file seen by The Sunday Express indicates that Rinda was associated with the international head of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Pakistan-based Wadhawa Singh Babbar, to carry out terrorist acts in Punjab.

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