Pakistan's intelligence agency behind killings of Hindu leaders in Punjab, alleges Indian NIA

Pakistan's intelligence agency behind killings of Hindu leaders in Punjab, alleges Indian NIA
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NEW DELHI - Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) says a common link has been found to all six killings of Hindu leaders in Punjab.

The anti-terror probe agency has revealed that these killings were part of a larger conspiracy hatched by Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, to foment communal trouble in Punjab and in turn revive Khalistani movement in the state.

NIA Director General (DG) YC Modi told India Today, "Scientifically the agency has been able to prove that weapons seized from various raids have a common link and the link to Pakistan has been firmly established."

Sources say that besides the different weapons used in the six murders, mobile phone records have revealed a well oiled conspiracy to kill Hindu leaders of RSS, BJP.

Further the arrest and later interrogation of two sharp shooters Ramandeep Singh and Hardeep Shera also has given the agency an insight into the alleged Pakistani plot to prevent inroads of BJP and RSS in Punjab.

It had been found that funds had been routed in for this operation from Italy, Pakistan, Canada and the UK. This was revealed during interrogation of the various suspects.

Further investigations have revealed that funds for these incidents were routed from Pakistan to some operatives in these countries through the hawala channels.

New Delhi