Two Men Held for Plotting to Assassinate Kashmiri Activist Sushil Pandit

NEW DELHI: On Saturday, the Delhi Police arrested two notorious gunmen who were plotting to assassinate, Sushil Pandit, a noted Kashmiri activist. They were arrested from Venkateshwara Road near RK Puram. The Delhi Police Special Cell later interrogated them and booked them for abetting an offence punishable with death or life term (Section 115) under the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act.

Sushil Pandit is a Kashmiri activist based out of New Delhi. He has been vocal about issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir and has consistently supported the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370. According to the sources cited by Republic TV, plotters were reportedly miffed with the ‘pro-establishment’ speeches given by Sushil Pandit at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) freshly where he had also spoken about the plight of the 3.50 lakh Kashmiri pandits who had to leave Kashmir in the face of mounting threats posed by Islamists during the 1990s.

DCP Southwest Delhi, Devender Arya said Sukhvinder Singh, 25, and Lakhan, 21, were arrested in RK Puram on Saturday. According to the Delhi Police, during their interrogation, they told the police that a man identified as ‘Prince’ from Faridkot had hired them to kill Kashmiri activist Sushil Pandit. They were reportedly paid Rs 10 lakhs each for bumping off the activist.

Two pistols, two country-made guns and four live cartridges were recovered from the duo, the police said. The two arrested men were communicating on the Signal app to avoid detection. The police also added that the duo had planned to take down the activist near Qutub Institutional Area in New Delhi. In addition to the arrested men, two women are also suspected to be involved in the plot and attempts are underway to nab them.