Centre Declares 9 Wanted Men with Khalistani Links
By: Sashwata Saha
New Delhi: Nine individuals with links to Khalistani groups were declared terrorists under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on Wednesday. Said individuals are all based out of the country in Pakistan, Germany, Canada, the UK and the US.
Out of the nine individuals, four operate out of Pakistan. They are Lakhbir Singh, chief of the terrorist organisation, International Sikh Youth Federation; Ranjeet Singh, of the Khalistan Zindabad Force; Wadhawa Singh Babbar, chief of the Babbar Khalsa International and Paramjit Singh of the Khalistan Commando Force.
Two of the individuals are in Germany: Bhupinder Singh Bhinda and Gurmeet Singh Bagga, key members of the previously mentioned Khalistan Zindabad Force.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun from the USA, an icon of the outlawed outfit Sikh for Justice, was recently running a campaign against India by urging Sikh youngsters in Punjab to take up arms.
The other two names are Hardeep Singh Nijjar from Canada, chief of the Khalistan Tiger Force; and Paramjit Singh, head of the Babbar Khalsa International, from the United Kingdom.
A statement from the MHA read, “These individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and from foreign soil. They have been relentless in their nefarious efforts of destabilising the country, by trying to revive militancy in Punjab through their anti-national activities and through their support to and involvement in the Khalistan Movement.”
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