Ludhiana Court Blast: Man killed was sacked cop with drug links

The man killed in the blast at the Ludhiana court complex was identified as a former Punjab Police Head Constable who was dismissed from service due to his involvement in illegal practices like drug smuggling, according to media reports. The man was identified based on a tattoo and a mobile phone. Earlier, the Punjab Police had also suspected the victim of the blast to be the bomber.

The man killed in the blast at the Ludhiana court complex was identified as a former Punjab Police Head Constable who was dismissed from service due to his involvement in illegal practices like drug smuggling, according to media reports. The man was identified based on a tattoo and a mobile phone. Earlier, the Punjab Police had also suspected the victim of the blast to be the bomber.

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1. Former head constable Gagandeep Singh was sacked from his service in 2019 for having drug links, as per media reports. Singh was also jailed for two years and was released from jail earlier in September.

2. The victim's face and body were disfigured due to the blast and Singh was later identified based on a tattoo which was on his arm. The police also tracked him using his sim card which was recovered from the blast area. His family members also confirmed his identity. Police has reportedly recovered a mobile phone and data cards from the crime scene.

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3. The blast on Thursday had injured several people and killed only one person and it was carried out by Pakistan-backed Khalistani terrorists, as per TOI reports.

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4. According to media reports, the police has suspected the lone casualty of the blast to be the executor of the bomb. They said it is likely that the bomb exploded while it was being assembled and might have caused the death of the person planting the improvised explosive device. Moreover, the positioning of the mobile phones and sim cards also hinted the same.

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5. "It is a possibility. The blast happened in Ludhiana when the hearing in the Majithia case was taking place in Mohali. There is a possibility of a link that needs to be probed," the Punjab Chief Minister had said on Thursday, adding that the six others injured in the blast are now out of danger.

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