While several reports stated that Jaswinder Singh Multani, a prominent member of the group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), was arrested by German Police on Monday, 27 December, the group has released a video of Multani on social media, in which he says that he has not been arrested and the reports are a way to defame the SFJ.
One person had died while five others were injured in an explosion in a public toilet at the Ludhiana District Court Complex on Thursday, 23 December.
News agency ANI had reported that after diplomatic coordination, German police arrested Multani from Erfurt city in central Germany. It was added that a team of Indian police officers was on its way to Germany to question Multani.
However, speaking to SFJ founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, Multani said in the video, “Today, 28 December, I'm sitting at home. Linking my name to the Ludhiana court blast is a lie. They are trying to defame us. This is not an armed fight."
Meanwhile, ANI had also quoted a police officer as saying, "Multani used to coordinate with Pakistan-based pro-Khalistan groups to provide logistic support for terror activities."
Earlier, intelligence agencies had alerted about the involvement of Harvinder Singh Sandhu, a Babbar Khalsa terrorist currently in Pakistan, and Jaswinder Singh Multani, a top member of the SFJ, in the Ludhiana blast case. Multani is said to be a close associate of SFJ founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannu.
The Punjab Police had said on Saturday, 25 December, that the person killed in the blast was determined to be the bomber and a former cop.
The perpetrator, Gagandeep Singh, had been dismissed from the police force in 2019 following his involvement in a drug case.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi on Friday had sought the Centre's assistance in the blast case.
(With inputs from ANI)