Rulda Singh’s murder: Four held in UK
PATIALA: The West Midlands Police in England has arrested four persons involved in the murder of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat chief Rulda Singh.
The accused were identified as Gursharan Bir Singh, Piara Singh Gill, Amritbir Singh and Paramjit Singh.
Gursharan Bir Singh, Piara Singh Gill, Amritbir Singh are British nationals and Paramjit Singh from Chamkaur Sahib, who migrated to UK a few years ago.
According to senior police officials, the four suspected persons had been arrested on the basis of a dossier given by the Punjab Police to the British Police sometime ago and their coordinated investigations.
Sixty-year-old Rulda Singh was shot at his shop-cum-flat at the Grain Market, Patiala in Punjab on July 28, 2009, by two assailants, who later fled in a car. While one bullet passed through his neck, another pumped into his chest. He was admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, but succumbed to his injuries on August 15, 2009.
Patiala SSP Ranbir Singh Khatra, who is heading investigations into the matter, said, a team of the West Midlands Police visited Punjab and held discussions with the Intelligence Bureau, the top brass of the Punjab Police and Patiala cops.
During investigations that continued for the past several months, the leads pointed towards the involvement of some Sikh extremist groups in the UK in the murder case.
Khatra said the role of the four suspected persons in the murder case was being investigated, adding that, “two of them are believed to be British nationals.”
He said a joint probe with the Britian Police points that Paramjit Pamma, Pyara Singh Gill, Amritbir and Gursharan Bir are involved in the case.
Police officials told that investigations strongly indicate that Paramjit Pamma masterminded the plot and Gursharan Bir and Pyara Singh are the main suspects who fired gunshots.
On September 24, 2009, the Patiala Police had arrested two persons, Darshan Singh and Jagmohan Singh, in connection with the murder case. At that time, cops had stated that the Babbar Khalsa International was behind the murder and the main objective to eliminate Rulda was its ideology.
Meanwhile, though the Punjab Police is waiting to get information about the four arrested persons, investigations by the British Police into the murder case were being conducted by officials from the West Midlands Polices’ CID and its Counter-Terrorism Unit.