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Four West Midlands men bailed over Punjab murder case

Four British men arrested in the West Midlands over a high profile murder in India have been released on bail.

Rulda Singh, leader of a Sikh socialist organisation, was fatally shot in Patalia, in the Punjab, last year.

Two men from the Punjab were charged with murder and are being investigated over links with Sikh extremists, the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) said.

West Midlands Police arrested two more men in Coventry and two men in Smethwick and Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

The four British men are aged between 27 and 36 and have been bailed pending further inquiries by detectives in the UK and the Punjab state of India.

Further investigations

Mr Singh, who was in his 60s, died two weeks after being shot outside his home in Patalia.

Detectives travelled to India to conduct initial investigations in April.

Det Supt George Tracey, from the CTU, said: "The investigation into the murder of Mr Singh is a complex one, and further complicated by the fact that it took place overseas.

"We have further investigations to conduct here and in the Punjab.

"We are continuing to work very closely with the Indian authorities with the clear intention of bringing the offenders to justice."

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