Mastermind of Ludhiana court blast was ex-cop Gagandeep Singh, wanted to destroy papers related to drugs case

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In a shocking revelation, it has emerged that the prime suspect of the explosion inside a Ludhiana court was a former cop, identified as Gagandeep Singh. According to reports, Singh allegedly carried out the heinous crime to destroy papers related to a drugs case.

A former head constable of the Punjab Police, Singh was dismissed from service in 2019 after his name appeared as an accused in a drug smuggling case. The hearing, in that case, was scheduled to be held on Friday in the court of Ludhiana Additional Sessions Judge Shatin Goyal.

The explosion inside the Ludhiana court on Thursday left one person killed. The person killed in the blast was later identified as the mastermind of the crime.

“He was dismissed from service after his arrest in August 2019 and spent two years in jail before being bailed out in September this year,” a senior police official was quoted by the Indian Express website.

Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa later told the publication that Singh was identified ‘from a tattoo on his body and a mobile phone recovered from the spot.’

The development came just weeks before Punjab goes to polls. Several people were left injured in the blasts. Before visiting the injured in the hospital, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had said, “Saddened over the news of blast at Ludhiana court complex. I’m reaching the blast site shortly and I assure the people of the state that the guilty would not be spared. Anybody trying to disturb the peace and harmony of the state, will be taken to task.”