Sikh militant Parmjit Singh Pamma, wanted for the alleged murder of Punjab Rashtriya Sikh Sangat chief Rulda Singh, has been arrested by Interpol in Portugal. Pamma, living on asylum in Britain, was reportedly on holiday with his family in Portugal when he was arrested Friday night.
Patiala SSP Gurmeet Singh confirmed Pamma’s arrest. The district police had three months ago urged the CBI to request Interpol to issue a red corner notice against Pamma. “We have no information yet but the Mohali police will have details, as Pamma hails from there,” SSP Gurmeet Singh said.
Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said they were yet to contact the authorities regarding Pamma’s custody. Police claim that he masterminded the assassination of Rulda Singh in Patiala in July 2009. Rulda Singh headed the Sikh affiliate of the RSS. Pamma allegedly committed the crime at the behest of Babbar Khalsa International militant Jagtar Singh Tara, who was deported from Malaysia earlier this year.
Pamma allegedly figured in the dossier, mentioning Sikh militant activities in the UK, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over to the UK government.
The UK Sikh Council, which was the first to declare the arrest on social media, on Sunday said it step up efforts to prevent Pamma’s extradition to India. It has also claimed to have raised the issue with UK MP and Labour leader John Spellar.
Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee interim committee member Karnail Singh Panjoli has also urged Portugal to not deport Pamma.
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