Delhi Police today averted a terror attack in the national capital and busted a module that had carried out the assassination of Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh in Punjab in October this year

The two assassins of Shaurya Chakra awardee have been identified as Gurjeet Singh and Sukhdeep Singh. They were among the 5 terrorists arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell officers after a gunfight early this morning in East Delhi Shakarpur area.

DCP Special Cell Pramod Kushwaha said, "The men were arrested after an exchange of gunfire with Special Cell officers. Weapons and other incriminating materials have been recovered from their possession

The other three terrorists have been identified as Shabbir Ahmed, Ayub Pathan, Riyaz Rather from Kashmir.

Khalistan-ISI links comes to the fore

The arrests, according to the police, point towards a possible nexus between Khalistani terrorists and Pakistan-based terror outfits.

"Five people were apprehended following an encounter in Delhi. Two of them are from Punjab, three from Kashmir. Their arrest shows how ISI is trying to link Khalistan movement with terrorism in Kashmir,” DCP Kushwaha said.

"The three Kashmiris who were arrested can be called Over Ground Workers of Hizbul Mujahideen. They have a set up in Pakistan and their counterparts in PoK. ISI is acting as glue between the two movements and trying to link the two terror findings," he added.

Murder of Shaurya Chakra awardee a 'terror act'

The Delhi Police also confirmed that the two terrorists from Punjab who were arrested had confessed that the weapons seized today are the same that were used in the murder.

"This case is being investigated by Punjab Police. They have confessed that the weapons seized today are the same that were used then (for the murder). But this is a matter of investigation," DCP Special Cell said.

Revisiting the Balwinder Singh assassination

62-year-old Balwinder Singh was shot dead around 7am on October 16 outside the school he ran within the premises of his residential complex in Bhikhiwind in Punjab's border district of Tarn Taran. The killers were waiting for him near the house and fired at a close range. Balwinder was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Sandhu and his family had been on the terror hitlist. In fact, the citation of the Shaurya Chakra award read, "Shri Balwinder Singh Sandhu and his brother Ranjeet Singh Sandhu are opposed to the activities of terrorists. They are obviously in the hit list of the terrorists. The terrorists have so far made 16 attempts to wipe out the Sandhu family within a span of about 11 months. The terrorists attacked them in groups of 10 to 200, but everytime the Sandhu brothers with the help of the brave wives, Shrimati Jagdish Kaur Sandhu and Shrimati Balraj Kaur Sandhu have successfully foiled the attempts of militants to kill them."

"The first attack on Sandhu family was made on 31st January 1990, and the last on 28th December 1991. But the deadliest attack was made on 30th September, 1990. On that day about 200 terrorists surrounded the Sandhu’s house from all sides and attacked them continuously for 5 hours with deadly weapons including rocket launchers. The attack was well planned and the approach road of the house was blocked by spreading underground gun mines so that no help from police forces could reach them."

"Undaunted, the Sandhu brothers and their wives fought the terrorists with their pistols and sten guns provided by the Government. The resistance shown by the Sandhu brothers and their family members forced the terrorists to retreat. All these persons have displayed courage and bravery of a high order in facing the attack of the terrorists and foiling their repeated murderous attempts," it added.