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New Delhi: Delhi's Patiala House Court on Tuesday remanded two accused Amritpal Singh alias Ammy and Amrik Singh in judicial custody after National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody ended.
They are allegedly associated with Canada-based terrorists Arshdeep Dhalla and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). They were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) after being deported from Manila Philippines on May 19 at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
Special judge Shailendra Malik remanded both the accused persons in judicial custody till July 4. Both accused persons were produced physically after the expiry of the NIA custody.
The agency moved an application seeking judicial custody of accused persons.
NIA has interrogated them in connection with the alleged involvement in the recruitment of youth for KTF and also involvement in the smuggling and procurement of Arms and Ammunition and raising funds for the organisation.
The accused had non-bailable arrest warrants issued against them by the NIA Court in a case related to the unlawful and violent activities of banned organisations in India.
They also have several criminal cases registered against them in Punjab. NIA registered a suo moto case on August 20 last year under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and UAPA, 1967.
According to NIA they are allegedly associated with Arshdeep Dhalla and involved in recruitment of youth for KTF and smuggling and procuring of Arms and Ammunition.
"They were both hailing from Punjab and were nabbed in an early morning operation by the NIA, whose team was waiting at the Airport for their flight to land earlier in the month of May," the agency said.
The two are 'wanted' close associates of Canada-based 'listed terrorist' Arsh Dhalla. They were arrested when they arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) from Manila, Philippines, where they have been living, the agency said in a Press release.
NIA investigations have revealed that the accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy to raise funds for the banned terrorist organization Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), and also smuggle arms, ammunition and explosives for it from across the border.
The accused had been working for individual designated terrorist Arshdeep Singh Dhalla to promote violent criminal activities of the KTF in India, NIA said. In association with another notorious wanted accused Manpreet Singh alias Peeta, they had been involved in smuggling weapons from Pakistan and recruitment of youth to carry out acts of violence and terror in the country at the behest of the KTF.
They were also part of an extortion racket for raising funds for the banned outfit.
The accused used to identify extortion targets, including businessmen, and then threaten them into parting with huge amounts.
In case the identified targets refused, their homes and other premises would be fired at by the accused's India-based associates.
"The arrests were part of NIA's continuous crackdown on individual terrorists and terrorist outfits engaged in a criminal conspiracy to smuggle terrorist hardware, such as arms, ammunition, explosives etc, and raise funds for carrying out terrorist acts on Indian soil. Further investigations in the case are in progress, the agency said.