UP ATS arrests arms supplier to Khalistani militants


Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad on Sunday arrested an alleged arms supplier to Khalistani militants, a senior officer said.

Additional Director General of the ATS, Dhruva Kant Thakur, said, “The UP ATS has arrested Javed, an arms supplier to Khalistani militants, from Hapur. Javed is a resident of the Kithore area of Meerut. His interrogation is on and the Punjab Police has been informed about the arrest.”

Thakur said Javed has also supplied illegal arms to criminals in Amritsar.

He was arrested following an input from the state special cell, Amritsar, the ADG said.

ATS officials said a number of pro-Khalistan militants have been caught in western UP and the Punjab Police was searching Javed for quite some time.

In May, in a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh ATS and the Special Operation Group of the Punjab Police, Tirath Singh, a suspected militant owing allegiance to the Khalistan movement was arrested from Thapar Nagar in Meerut.

He was handed over to the Punjab Police after interrogation.