Extremism Updates

Pakistan

  • According to reports, Sikhs in Pakistan took out an anti-India rally in Nankana Sahib to condemn the attack on the Golden Temple by Indian forces in June 1984. Sources said that rally participants held placards and banners with anti-India slogans. The protesters led by pro-Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla demanded of the United Nations to take action against Indian culprits involved in the massacre of Sikhs in 1984.

    06-Jun-2021

  • The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) said that Pakistan government, citing the second wave of Covid-19, has denied permission to a group of Sikh pilgrims from India who wanted to visit the historic Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore to mark the martyrdom day Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh Guru.

    04-Jun-2021

  • A Hindu lawmaker, Keeso Mal Kheeal Das, a member of the National Assembly, submitted a bill in the lower house of Pakistan Parliament which intends to refer religious minorities as ‘non-Muslims’. Called as the Constitution Amendment Act, 2021, the bill aims to end discrimination against Pakistani non-Muslims who have been also referred in the constitution as minorities. He suggested that the bill should be adopted and brought into effect immediately. The government has not opposed the bill so far and the matter has been referred to the relevant standing committee. After it is vetted by a bipartisan committee of the house, it will be presented for voting.

    29-May-2021

  • Pakistan-based Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla admitted that a Gurdwara granthi, Ranjit Singh, sending out the voice message which warned members of the Pakistani Sikh community, but he said the motive was different. In a video message uploaded on social media, Chawla, whose handlers are with ISI, said Sikhs of Pakistan always took guidance from gurdwara granthis. “The message was indeed from granthi Ranjit Singh, but he wanted to convey something else,” Chawla said. Instead, Chawla claimed, the granthi was giving a message to Sikh youth to not loiter around late in the night and reach home on time. He also pointed to deteriorating Sikh religious values and practices in Pakistan, as he claimed that Sikh youth of Pakistan had gone astray from the path of Sikhism.

    28-May-2021


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UK

  • According to reports, two Indian flags were set on fire and stamped on during a remembrance march and "freedom rally" by some Khalistani supporters in London, United Kingdom, held to mark the anniversary of 1984 Operation Blue Star. The report quoted the Indian High Commission in London as saying that it was "extremely concerned and distressed" by what happened and vowed it would take action against those who desecrated the national flag. The incident reportedly took place at Trafalgar Square and some bystanders shouted "Khalistan Zindabad". Pro-Khalistani British Sikhs marched in London city, which started from Wellington Arch, led by the Panj Pyare, the five beloveds with their swords drawn, passed through the iconic route of the Constitution Hill and The Mall to Trafalgar Square. Addressing the march, the Sikh leaders said the events of 1984 took place 37 years after India gained independence in 1947, but the horror memories of those events would live forever in the minds of millions of Sikhs around the world, who feel deeply aggrieved at the Indian atrocities during the genocide carried out by the Indian Army.

    06-Jun-2021
  • India refuted as absolutely untrue allegations that a British Sikh man arrested on charges relating to terrorism is being tortured in Tihar Jail in New Delhi after group of demonstrators staged a protest outside 10 Downing Street in London. The Indian High Commission in London in a statement said, Jagtar Singh Johal has been arrested on serious charges relating to terrorism. It is untrue that he is being held without any charges. The prosecuting agency, NIA (National Investigation Agency), has already filed charge sheet in the court of law and he is presently undergoing judicial proceedings as per the law of the land. It is absolutely untrue that he has been subjected to torture. He has been granted consular access several times to the UK High Commission in New Delhi. Further, institutional safeguards like the Human Rights Commission exist to investigate any such allegation, it said. Earlier, the protesters waved placards and made speeches to protest British national Jagtar Singh Johal's detention in India for 1,020 days. His brother, Gurpreet Singh Johal, handed in a letter for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking his intervention over the alleged third-degree torture and mistreatment and lack of charges against his younger brother in India. Johal, a 33-year-old Scottish-born Sikh, was in Jalandhar with his family for his wedding in October 2017 when he was arrested by police in the city.

    19-Aug-2020
  • British Pakistani and Kashmiri community held a demonstration outside Indian High Commission London on August 15 afternoon to mark India’s Independence Day as ‘Black day’ which was also joined by Indian Sikh community. The participants carried flags of Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Khalistan.

    15-Aug-2020
  • The new Indian High Commissioner, Gaitri Issar Kumar, said that New Delhi will take all measures at its disposal to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. She said in an interview that “the people of Punjab and the Government of India have worked together over the years to successfully root out the Khalistan ‘movement’ — extremist entities associated with Khalistan terrorism — in the early 90s in India. We are aware that many of these terrorist entities connected with the Khalistan movement continue their activities based in the UK and other western countries, where they had fled to. It is well known that they operate in close cooperation with Pakistan-backed perpetrators of terror to create instability in J&K and other parts of India.” “Our government has a number of institutional mechanisms for sharing relevant information on all these organisations with the UK, including regular dialogue and robust cooperation in a variety of areas related to our convergent security and defence interests.” She added that “We appreciate the position taken by the UK government on the Khalistan issue — that they see Punjab as an integral part of India.” “As for ‘Sikhs for Justice’, its supporters must be aware of this organisation’s involvement in serious terror-related and other illegal activities for which many are wanted in India. My government has officially sought the proscription of the terror entity ‘Sikhs for Justice’ in the UK”, she said.

    13-Aug-2020

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Massacres

Baddowal Train Massacre

At least 50 passengers were killed and another 30 persons were injured as terrorists belonged to Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) attacked the train passengers in a train at Baddowal village in Ludhiana District on June 15, 1991. When the train was stopped as someone pulled the ‘emergency cords’ at Baddowal on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur railway line, the terrorists entered into the train’s compartments and started firing at the passengers.

View Profile   15-Jun-1991

Lalru Bus Massacre

Khalistani terrorists attacked a passenger bus and killed 38 innocent civilians and injured another 33 others on July 6, 1987, near Lalru village in Mohali District of Punjab. Around a half dozen terrorists belonging to Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) forcefully stopped a passenger bus - Haryana Roadways bus HYE 1735 – near Lalru village (between Jamalpur and Hasanpur villages) and opened fire on passengers, killing 38 passengers including women and children.

View Profile   06-Jul-1987

Kanishka Bombing

The Air India Flight 182 Kanishka on June 23, 1985, flying from Toronto to Mumbai, exploded in mid-air over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ireland killing all 307 passengers and 22 crew members. The mid-air bomb explosion which killed all the 329 persons, including 268 Canadians, 27 British, 22 Indians and 12 others on board, was the deadliest attack on civil aviation until the September 11, 2001 attack in neighbouring USA.

View Profile   23-Jul-1985

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Narcotics Monitor

  • Police arrested a drug supplier, Mandeep Singh Mannu (26) who had been evading arrest for the past 10 months by taking shelter in different towns in Punjab.

    13-Jun-2021

  • Police arrested six drug peddlers and recovered narcotics and a jeep from their possession from Kapurthala district on June 12. During the operation named "Siege and Search", police seized 260gm heroin from Rajvir Singh and 265gm heroin from Sukhjivan Singh, 450 intoxicant pills from Lakhwinder Singh, 510 intoxicant pills from Amarjit Singh, 270gm of Narcotics powder and one Scorpio car from accused Harpal Singh alias Pala and 150Kg of illicit liquor was also seized from accused Kulvir Singh.

    12-Jun-2021

  • Bilga police arrested a drug peddler, identified as Balvir Singh alias Billa on the charge of selling poppy husk and recovered 2 kilograms of contraband in Nurmahal in Jalandhar district on June 12.

    12-Jun-2021


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Terrorist Profile

Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)

Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)

Origins of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) can be traced back to Babbar Akali Movement in 1920. However, its latest violent incarnation was created in the aftermath of sectarian clash on April 13, 1978 between Nirankaris and activists of Akhand Kirtani Jatha. The clash had resulted in the death of Akhand Kirtani Jatha Chief Fauja Singh.
View Profile  1978

International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)

International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF)

ISYF was formed in August 1984 in England in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star. It was founded by Amrik Singh and Jasbir Singh Rode, nephew of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale who had joined Khalistani movement in 1982. ISYF held its first conference in Walsall, United Kingdom. Similar to other Khalistani militant groups, ISYF also has fractured into splinter groups. Initially
View Profile  1984

Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF)

Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF)

Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) was formed towards the end of 1986 by Arur Singh as its ‘chief’. He formed KLF after being ejected from the Panthic Committee. He organised Mai Bhago Regiment under the banner of KLF as the armed wing of Presidium faction of All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF).
View Profile  1986

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Avtar Singh Bramha

Avtar Singh Bramha

He was one of the founding members of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), which was founded by Aroor Singh in 1986. After the death of Aroor Singh in 1988, Avtar sigh became the ‘chief’ of KLF until his death in 1992.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Hardeep Singh Nijjar

Nijjar is actively involved in training KTF militants and operationalizing them in India. He organized a training camp for Khalistani militants in Missigen Hills in British Colombia in December 2015 in which small arms training was imparted.
View Profile  Canada

Harmeet Singh

Harmeet Singh

Harmeet Singh alias Happy was actively involved in targeted killing of Hindu political figures and others who were allegedly involved in ‘anti-Panthik’ activity.
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Sikhs for Justice (SFJ)

Sikhs for Justice (SFJ)

Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which claims to be a human rights advocacy group with offices in Canada, the US and the UK, is a pro-Khalistan organization that seeks for the creation of a ‘sovereign state of Khalistan’.
View Profile  2007

Dal Khalsa International (DKI)

Dal Khalsa International (DKI)

Dal Khalsa is a separatist Sikh organisation which was formed on August 6, 1978 with the main objective to attain an 'Independent Sovereign Sikh Nation'.
View Profile  1978

Council of Khalistan

Council of Khalistan

Council of Khalistan
View Profile  1970

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Gurpatwant Singh Pannun

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Lawyer based in New York, USA, is heading a “Sikh For Justice –(SFJ)” organization for carrying out separatist activities against India

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