The Hush Post, Chandigarh: Lambasting AAP leader Kanwar Sandhu for casting doubts over the arrest of a UK national in the targeted killing cases, Punjab Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit has accused him of strong personal and financial motivation for coming to the defence of an accused charged with militant and disruptive activities.

Not only was Sandhu’s statement lacking in substance, it was also a totally uncalled for criticism of the police, said Rana Gurjit, in a statement issued here. Sandhu was merely echoing the words of the anti-national elements who were operating from foreign soil and were clearly using Jaggi’s arrest as yet another opportunity to collect funds for the radicals out to destabilize the state, he pointed out.

Rana Gurjit pointed out that Punjab Police had already clarified that it had evidence against Jaggi, who radicalised Punjab youth and was the main facilitator for funds, weapons and logistic support for the terror module involved in the targeted killings. The minister said that there was enough evidence with the police to prove that Jaggi was in touch, directly and sometimes covertly, with the main actors and operatives of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), based in different parts of the world, including UK & Pakistan, for many years even before his arrest.

The minister said since the government was well aware that foreign handlers were behind radicalising youth and promoting terrorist activities in Punjab, it had recommended the transfer of investigation into the recent killing of a RSS member to the NIA, which has the mandate to deal and work with foreign Intelligence and Investigative agencies. On his claim that his conclusion about Jaggi’s innocence was based on his experience as a journalist of 35 years, the minister said a journalist of even 3 months of experience could tell that the AAP leader’s argument was completely fallacious. Just because a person from UK has got married in India does not preclude the possibility of his involvement in anti-India activities, as seems to be the case with Jaggi, he pointed out.