A tattoo and a SIM card — this is all that took the investigating agencies probing the Ludhiana court blast case to identify the accused, India Today has learnt.
The accused in the Ludhiana court blast case has been identified as a former police constable, dismissed from service for having links with the drug cartel in Punjab, sources told India Today.
On December 23, Thursday, an explosion at the District and Sessions court complex in Ludhiana claimed the life of one person, while five others were injured. The explosion took place in a washroom on the second floor of the District and Sessions court complex in Ludhiana around 12:22 pm.
According to sources, the deceased person was none other than the accused, identified as Gagandeep Singh, who allegedly died while planting the bomb.
When the police rushed to the washroom, they found the corpse of a man while his hands and fingers were blown off. The corpse had a t-shirt of Tommy Hilfiger and undergarment of Jockey on it.
According to sources, the mobile phone of the accused exploded at the time of the blast. But he had a dongle through which he was using the internet.
Pieces of a phone, Rs 500 and the dongle, which was intact, were recovered from the corpse. The corpse also had a tattoo on an arm which had a symbol of khanda (a religious emblem of Sikhs).
Though his face and body were disfigured, the family members of the accused identified him because of the tattoo.
Who was Gagandeep Singh?
Top sources told India Today that Gagandeep Singh was a head constable with the Punjab Police posted at Police Station Sadar Khanna. He was dismissed from the service in 2019 and spent two years in jail for allegedly having links with drug cartel.
Gagandeep was booked under sections 21, 29-61-85 of the NDPS Act and was under trial. He was released in September this year.
Following his dismissal from service, Gagandeep’s relations with his wife went sour.
The cops also checked the court hearings of the day to find out any link to the blast. However, no evidence was found in this regard.