Thailand Nabs Pakistani Man Convicted in 1995 India Bombing
BANGKOK – Police in Thailand have arrested a Pakistani man convicted in India for his involvement in a bomb attack two decades ago that killed a chief minister of a northern Indian state and at least 15 other people.
Gurmeet Singh, one of six Sikh militants convicted for the 1995 blast, fled a high-security Indian prison in 2004 before receiving a life sentence in 2007.
Thai National police spokesman Lt. Gen. Prawut Thawornsiri says Singh entered Thailand in October and was arrested in the eastern province of Chonburi on Monday.
He said Tuesday that the 37-year-old Pakistani faces extradition to India.
Beant Singh, the target of the 1995 attack, was Punjab’s chief minister. He came to power in 1992 and began crushing the Sikh militancy, leaving hundreds dead in encounters with police.