Indian jailed for plot to kill parents in UK

Gurtej Singh Randhawa

London: A 19-year-old Indian boy plotted to take extreme action when he feared his parents would end his relationship with his white girlfriend.

He bought a car bomb from the dark Web with the plan to blow up his mother and father. He even took delivery of what he thought was the "Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device" (VBIED) which he had purchased from a website called AlphaBay.

But unknown to him, the real explosive device had been replaced with a fake by intelligence officers.

Gurtej Singh Randhawa of Grove Lane, Wightwick, Wolverhampton, was arrested the moment he tried to test the device. At Birmingham Crown Court this week, Gurtej, who pleaded guilty to the offence, was sent to prison for eight years.

As a high achieving pupil from Wolverhampton Grammar School, Gurtej had won a place to study medicine at Liverpool University. It remains to be seen whether he will be visited in prison by his family.

It was his mother who first discovered his secret liaison, prompting Gurtej to try and buy deadly poisons, ricin and opioids. But he was unsuccessful.

He appeared before Justice Cheema-Grubb, one of the most senior Indian judges in the country, who told him: "You are plainly highly intelligent and capable of determined manipulation. You told sustained lies to your girlfriend and her family about your own parents, particularly your father.

"I have no doubt that this offence was motivated by your desire to live with your girlfriend and attend university together. How the major changes in your life that you wished for were to be achieved included endangering the life of your father by setting off an explosion in his car.

"This was an offence of astonishing audacity."


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