Ludhiana blast-linked Khalistani terrorist Jaswinder Singh Multani, arrested in Germany, was allegedly planning to carry out terrorist activities in poll-bound Punjab by using smuggled consignments from Pakistan.
According to the sources, Rinda fled to Pakistan a few years ago and he activated some gangsters in Punjab to carry out the court blast. Agencies are also probing the possible role of political outfits to unsettle things in the poll-bound state.
The investigation further revealed that one of the accused, Nasir Khan, had travelled to Pakistan and received detailed training in ways of terrorism, said the sources, including for espionage, handling of arms and ammunition and fabricating IEDs.
Sources say a Lahore-based Khalistan outfit masterminded the attack with the help of some local gangsters in Ludhiana, adding that recently intel was sent to the state government on possible interference by radicalised groups before the assembly elections.