Khalistan Commando Force (KCF)


Formation :

Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) was formed with the support of Panthic Committee and Damdami Taksal in August 1986 under the leadership of Manbir Singh Chaheru. Between 1983-86 it conducted a number of targeted attacks, weapons snatching and bank robberies. KCF had a three-layered hierarchical structure with members of Panthic committee forming the first tier and second levels of leadership. The third layer of KCF primarily consisted of cadres from All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF).  

KCF suffered severe setback in May 1988 during Operation Black Thunder, after the killing of its leader ‘general’ Labh Singh. After his death in 1988, Kanwaljit Singh Sultanwind became the groups leade, unitl his death in 1989.

In the aftermath KCF fractured into four factions which were led by Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, Gurjant Singh Rajasthani and Rachpal Singh Fauzi. Presently the only surviving and active faction of KCF is the faction led by Paramjit Singh Panjwar, an ex- smuggler. Currently KCF is identified as KCF-Panjwar. At present the capability of the group is limited and overseas support base is considerably narrow. 

Ideology/Objective:

The objective of one of the most violent terrorist group KCF was to consolidate all the secessionist Khalistani militant groups and to attain its goal of forming a ‘Sikh homeland’.

Location of activity:

KCF reportedly has presence in Canada, UK and Pakistan. It also receives patronage from sympathisers in western Europe and US.  KCF leader Paramjith Singh Panwar is a based in Pakistan. During the active phase of Khalistani terrorism, KCF was active in Punjab, Ganga-Nagar (Rajasthan), Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh. Although KCF activity in Punjab were reported in Gurudaspur, Kapurthala, Amritsar and other Districts, Mand area (riverine area of Ferozepur, Amritsar, Kapurthala and Jalandhar Districts) was the hub of its activity.  

Funding Sources and External Linkages:

Patrons of KCF, who are based in West Europe and USA and still pursuing the secessionist aims is a source of funding for the group. KCF reportedly receives donations from Sikh Cultural Society Gurdwara, Richomond Hill, New York. KCF had managed to collect USD 100,000 from Gurudwaras of USA and Canada to fund the assassination of Dera Sach Sauda leader Guru Ram Rahim. Bank robberies was also a chief source of revenue for the militants. In September and October 1986, KCF looted INR 1.8 Million from RBI Talwara and Punjab National Bank in Ludhiana.

Panjwar, currently based in Pakistan and an ex- smuggler is currently active in narco-smuggling. He is a major link between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and smugglers. Drug smuggling is another source of income for KCF. It has been reported that Panjwar has been in touch with atleast six smuggling groups involved in drug and FICN smuggling. Pakistan Army in July 2003 had raised a unit ’11 Sikh’, which recruited and trained Punjabi speaking Muslim youths. While training was given in Muzaffarabad in PoK, Paramjit Panjwar was reported to have regularly visited the training centre.

KCF is also working with groups such as Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and International Sikh Youth Front (ISYF). It also has linkages with other Islamist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). 

Numeric Strength:

It has been estimated that there are 53 foreign based KCF militants. Top leaders of KCF such as Jagjit Singh alias Billa alias Saini is based in US. According to a 1995 report, KCF had a cadre strength of 65. Current cadre strength is unknown.

Modus Operandi:

KCF was armed by Pakistan with sophisticated weaponry including mortars, AK 47 rifles, grenades and stenguns. KCF was primarily targeted anti-Khalistani Sikhs, Hindus and troopers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). KCF had a centralized leadership structure, with militants assigned with designation of ‘lieutenant general’ was assigned charge of a specific area of operation. He had an ‘area commander’ under him, who would take charge of operations when ‘lieutenant general’ was neutralized.

The money from bank robberies was used to purchase weaponry such as AK-47 rifles. Wassan Singh was the lead man for purchasing weapons for the group. 

Leadership & Key Figures:

KCF was founded by Manbir Singh Chaheru, alias ‘general’ Hari Singh who was the first ‘chief’ of KCF. Tarsem Singh Kohar was the ‘deputy chief’. Manbir Singh Chaheru was arrested in August 1986 and Sukhdev Singh alias Sukha Sipahi took over as the ‘chief’, who was also neutralised. Other to leaders such as Balbir Singh Fauji, Harjinder Singh Jinda, Satnam Singh Bawa and Harjinder Singh Kali were later arrested. Currently, top leaders of KCF, Jagjit Singh alias Billa alias Saini is based in US.

Designated/Listed:

High Profile Incidents:

Twin blasts

Date: 23-Mar-1991

Casualties: 11 Killed

Details: KCF triggered twin explosions in which 11 people are killed and 65 wounded in Punjab

Sialba Majri Massacre

Date: 22-Mar-1991

Casualties: 27 civilians killed

Details: 27 civilians were massacred by KCF militants numbering 13 to 14 at Sialba Majri in Ropar in Mohali, Punjab.

Thapar Engineering College Massacre

Date: 09-Nov-1989

Casualties: 19 students killed

Details: 19 students were shot dead by KCF militants at Thapar Engineering college in Patiala, Punjab.


Activity Dateline

Incident Date Incident Civilian Killed Military Killed Security Force Killed Civilian Injured Military Injured Security Force Injured Civilian Abducted Military Abducted Security Force Abducted
14-Feb-2023 On February 14 , a special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Mohali has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to initiate the proclaimed offender (PO) proceedings against the former assistant inspector general (AIG) of Punjab Police, who is prime accused in the case of alleged disappearance of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) chief Paramjit Singh Panjwar’s mother in 1992.
13-Jan-2023 According to reports, the Melbourne Temple vandalism has shocked the Indian community in Australia. The walls of the Melbourne’s Mill Park BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir had slogans saying Hindustan Murdabad and with praises of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the controversial Khalistani militant leader. Report said, there are grave concerns amongst the community and the Australian government regarding the spread of Indian anti national Khalistani elements in Australia. The Australian national newspaper reported in December 2022 that senior Indian government officials have raised the alarm over the growth of Sikh separatism in Australia and its links to terrorist groups in India, warning the Albanese government ministers of the movement’s propensity for violence. The report in the paper also attributed a source in the Indian government having concerns that the local Khalistani movement leaders were recruiting impressionable Indian Sikhs in Australia “who didn’t know what they were getting into.” There are concerns that the Sikh separatist groups Baber Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) which are all banned by India could be infiltrating Australia, as they have created a foothold in Canada. With the close relationship between India and Australia emerging, Australia needs to do more to stamp out these Indian anti-national elements in the community, the report added.
16-Feb-2021 Indian intelligence agencies have sounded an alert that a global conspiracy has been hatched by Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) to target farmers’ leader protesting at Delhi’s borders. Central intelligence agencies – Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) – are tracking such attempts of KCF, and a report has been prepared by the intelligence agencies on the same. According to the report prepared by central intelligence agencies based on inputs, the conspirators are from Belgium and the United Kingdom (UK) who in coordinated manner have prepared a plan to eliminate a farmer leader protesting at Delhi's border. The KCF’s plan is also to settle score with the leader who was “alleged to have involvement in eliminating KCF cadres from Punjab in the past”.
09-Oct-2020 ‘Pro-Khalistan’ slogans were raised at the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar District during a function held by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to commemorate the death anniversary of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) militants – Sukhdev Singh Sukha and Harjinder Singh Jinda, the assassins of former Army Chief General Arun S. Vaidya. Gen. Vaidya was the commander of the Operation Blue Star, launched in June 1984 to flush out Khalistani terrorists from the Golden Temple, and subsequently retired as Chief of Army Staff.
01-Jul-2020 Government of India declared nine individuals, including pro-Khalistani leader and the key member of banned outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun as terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act [UAPA]. Pannun, who organized the Khalistan 2020 referendum, has been seen actively running a campaign against India and motivating Sikh youngsters in his home state of Punjab to join militancy. The others who have been designated by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) as individual terrorists under the UAPA include Paramjit Singh (Babbar Khalsa International), Hardeep Singh Nijjar (Khalistan Tiger Force), Gurmit Singh Bagga (Khalistan Zindabad Force), Wadhawa Singh Babbar (Babbar Khalsa International), Lakhbir Singh (International Sikh Youth Federation), Ranjeet Singh (Khalistan Zindabad Force), Paramjit Singh (Khalistan Commando Force), Bhupinder Singh Bhinda (Khalistan Zindabad Force). Following an amendment in the UAPA recently, the UMHA declared a total of 13 persons as individual terrorists till date. In an official statement the U said, “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.”
02-Feb-2020 The Indian intelligence agencies suspect that the killing of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) leader, Harmeet Singh alias Happy PhD is the fallout of a rivalry between three groups over control on drug money. An official said that, “There is an ongoing rivalry between Pakistan-based Khalistani groups led by Harmeet Singh, Khalistan Zindabad Force’s Ranjit Singh Neeta, and Paramjit Singh Panjwar of the Khalistan Commando Force. Initial reports suggest that drug money has been a major factor.”Harmeet Singh was wanted by various Indian agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Punjab Police, in 17 cases.The official also added that the recent spurt in trafficking of Afghan-origin heroin through traditional sea routes via Pakistan had led to generation of huge money for the syndicates that were also being used to push weapons into India for terror activities.
14-Jul-2019 The intelligence sources revealed that Pakistan is using Khalistani terrorist and ‘chief’ of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), Paramjit Singh Panjwar to smuggle drugs into India via carpet exports to the west and south-east Asia for fuelling militancy in Punjab. Paramjit Singh Panjwar is based in Lahore since 1994, whereas his wife and two sons live in Frankfurt in Germany. The nexus has been exposed after massive seizures of drugs shipped from Pakistan by the Coast Guards of the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India in recent months.
06-Jun-2019 Gopal Singh Chawla, the General Sectary of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) raised anti-India slogans and said that he will support groups like Babbar Khalsa, Commando Force, Sikh Youth Federation, Khalistan Force and added that they are on the same platform.
28-Mar-2019 Jalandhar Police arrested a militant identified as Amrik Singh alias Manga reportedly belonging to Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) from Jalandhar District. He was wanted in twin blasts case at Jalandhar bus stand carried out by Satnam Singh alias Satta Lasuri on April 28, 2006 and May 24, 2006. Pakistan-based KZF leader Ranjeet Singh Neeta and USA-based Balwinder Singh Possi had masterminded the blasts along with Amrik Singh. Amrik had a close association with infamous terrorists Gurdeep Singh alias Deepa Heranwala of KCF.
20-Mar-2018 2018 March 20 Former militant of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)—Ranjit Singh alias Rana (55) on March 20 was produced before the Judicial Magistrate of Phagwara and sent to Police remand till March 21 for further interrogation. He had been absconding for 19 years and living as a Granthi (Sikh priest) at a Gurdwara in Kohar Kalan village, near Shahkot for past 14 years. In preliminary interrogation, Ranjit Singh confessed to have connections with other Sikh terrorist Satnam Singh alias Satta and Gurlal Singh.
19-Mar-2018 The Punjab Police on March 19 has arrested an absconded militant, Ranjit Singh alias Rana (55) who belongs to the Bhindranwala Tigers Force (BTF), from a religious shrine at the village Kohar Kalan in Jalandhar District in Punjab. Ranjit Singh, resident of Jagatpur Jattan in Hoshiarpur District in Punjab, was working as a Granthi (Sikh priest) to conceal his identity for the past one year. He was on absconding status from 19 years, said an unnamed Police official. Rana was involved in five cases of murder and had served two years of sentence in a case, but was absconded in two other cases. Primarily, Rana was involved with BTF but did not ruled out his links with other Khalistani militant outfits such as Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), said Kapurthala Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sandip Sharma
15-Jun-2016 Four Sikh leaders, former Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) chief and now United Akali Dal general secretary Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, Damdami Taksal follower Lakhwinder Singh Adian, Shiromani Akali Dal [Amritsar] (SAD-A) Gurdaspur president Satnam Singh, and party’s Pathankot District president Gurmit Singh, were taken into preventive custody on July 15 to prevent them from joining the other hardliners in a protest at Bargari (Faridkot District) on July 17. Led by SAD-A president Simranjit Singh Mann, the protest is going to be against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari a few months ago. After the arrest, they were taken before Gurdaspur subdivisional magistrate Sayeed Sehrish Asgar, who remanded them in judicial custody till July 18.
07-Jan-2016 Sikh political prisoner Hardeep Singh, who was associated with Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), was released from the Amritsar Central Jail in Punjab following clearance from the State Government. Hardeep was released owing to his good conduct. Hardeep was arrested under various sections of the Militant and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA), besides Section 302 (murder charges) of the IPC in 1993.
13-Nov-2014 BTKF militant Rattandeep Singh recorded a confession statement about his involvement in the bomb blast at Sector 34, on June 30, 1999, and named Pakistan-based Sikh militant, Paramjeet Singh Panjwar, for masterminding the blast. Singh, in his confession statement, also claimed that most fugitive militants settled in European countries and Pakistan have been indulging in drug trafficking. Meanwhile, Singh disclosed that the recently held Jasbir Singh aka Jassa had got him INR 1, 00,000 before executing the blast. Sources in the operations cell said, "During interrogation, Rattandeep narrated the pathetic condition of extremists based in Pakistan and other foreign countries. Panjwar, head of KCF, is now a builder in Pakistan and under the acute pressure of ISI to revive terrorism in Punjab." He also disclosed his links with Pakistan-based head of KZF, Ranjit Singh Neeta.
04-Jun-2014 Agencies have received fresh inputs about Jagtar Singh Tara of KTF and Lakhvir Singh Rode of ISYF coming together to smuggle in explosives from across the border and provide logistics to target BJP leaders. The agencies have also received fresh information about two groups of 10-15 militants belonging to the KCF planning attacks on PM Narendra Modi and other top leaders of the RSS and BJP. A meeting to target Modi was held recently in Islamabad which was attended by Dr. Khalid Rashid and Mohammad Ghalib from the UK, Azmat Khan from JKLF and Wadhwa Singh of BKI.
03-Feb-2014 Khalistani terror groups have now found a new ally in JeM ‘chief’ Maulana Masood Azhar to foment trouble in India and to keep alive their demand for separate statehood. Azhar is leading a campaign along with Khalistanis to target senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, according to an Intelligence Bureau (IB) alert. According to a UMHA secret document, dated October 14, 2013 states that "Pakistan spy agency ISI recently held a meeting of Khalistan militant outfits and asked them to chart a broad outline of their plan". The terror groups that participated in the meeting included BKI ‘chief’ Wadhwa Singh, KZF head Ranjit Singh Neeta, KCF ‘chief’ Paramjit Singh Panjwa, KTF ‘chief’ Jagtar Singh Tara, ISYF ‘chief’ Lakhbir Singh Rode and KLF ‘chief’ Harminder Singh Mintu.
09-Apr-2013 Punjab Government Secretary (Home) Samir Kumar stated before the Supreme Court that the Security environment in Punjab continues to be problematic while justifying the deployment of a large number of state Police personnel for VVIP security. In view of the security environment in Punjab, as brought out, and prevailing high degree of threat to VIPs and dignitaries from various militant outfits like HM, JeM, LeT, BKI, KCF, KZF, KTF, and other militant and fundamentalist outfits, suitable security arrangements are imperative to secure the lives of targeted dignitaries and individuals based in the border state of Punjab, the state claimed before the SC.
06-Oct-2012 Scotland Yard released nine persons on bail in London who were arrested in connection with the attack on Lieutenant General (retired) Kuldeep Singh Brar. Three men will remain in custody. An extensive fundraising campaign is being undertaken by secessionist Sikh groups in Europe and North America at the instance of Pakistan's ISI to revive terrorism in Punjab. Sources in security agencies have informed about the movement of banned BKI, KCF, ISYF terror groups in western countries to radicalize Sikh youth by showing them doctored footage of Operation Blue Star and other propaganda materials. NIA sources confirmed that BKI still has a large network of sleeper cells across Punjab.
06-Sep-2012 Nehchal Sandhu, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Cheif, stated that militants focusing on Punjab and neighbouring states posed a challenge. Intelligence Inputs revealed that Pakistan based BKI Chief Wadhwa Singh Babber’s group and other militancy groups like KCF and KZF are making efforts to destabilize Punjab. Fresh inputs also indicate that Jagtar Tara, one of the three assassins of late Punjab CM Beant Singh, who is absconding following his escape from a Chandigarh jail in 2004, was playing an active role in trying to revive militancy.
06-Jul-2011 A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered by the Police from a village in the Tarn Taran District of near India-Pakistan border in Punjab. The recoveries included five kilograms of PETN explosive, 1.75 kilograms of RDX, four landmines, two AK 47 assault rifles and 250 AK 47-like cartridges from a jungle near-border village.Preliminary investigations revealed that the cache was hidden underground by slain KCF, Paramjit Singh Panjwar group, militant Harbhajan Chatu during the heydays of militancy in Punjab. Investigations also revealed that the explosives and weaponry were sent from Pakistan by the then Pakistani sympathizers of armed Khalistan movement.
07-Mar-2011 The Amritsar Police arrested Sohan Singh alias Sohanjit Singh, a close associate of a Pakistan-based terrorist Paramjit Singh Panjwar, ‘chief’ of KCF. A .32 bore revolver, a magazine and five live cartridges were recovered from the possession of the arrested militant. On May 8, 2010, Sohan Singh had allegedly planted a bomb in a car near Circuit House in Amritsar with the help of Sukhdev Singh alias Chira, Ratandeep Singh, Narain Singh alias Chaura and Gurinder Singh alias Heera and Gurjit Singh. Police had announced a reward of INR one lakh for giving information on Sohanjit. Preliminary interrogation of Sohanjit Singh revealed that he was a close associate of Paramjit Singh Panjwar. He had visited Pakistan along with Sikh jatha's and was trying to revive terrorism in the State with the active support of Panjwar.
30-Mar-2010 A hardcore militant arrested by the Punjab Police was working towards the revival of terror outfit KLF and planning to carry out a series of explosions in the State at the behest of Pakistan's ISI, a senior Police official said. Amritsar City Police Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said, “He was associated with the defunct KLF and was working towards its revival by trying to cause series of explosions in the State at the instance of Pakistan's ISI.” “Baba at a very young age joined the BTFK (Sangha Group) in the early 1990s. Subsequently, after the death of BTFK area commander Sukh Ram Singh Kulara, he joined KCF headed by Jarnail Singh Shatrana,” the Commissioner said.
07-Mar-2010 Sikh militant outfits based abroad are trying to revive terrorism in Punjab and the Government is maintaining a close watch on such outfits, the UMHA said. "Available reports suggest that Sikh militant groups, especially those based abroad, continue to persist with their efforts to revive militancy in Punjab," Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken told the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament). "A close watch is maintained on the activities of various groups known to have been engaged in trying to foment terrorist activities in Punjab," he said. He also added that pro-Khalistan terrorist outfits namely BKI, ISYF, KCF and KZF continued to be banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2004
21-Feb-2010 Two militants of KCF, identified as Jasvir Singh alias Jassa and Harjant Singh alias DC were arrested with explosives at a check-post near Rajgarh village in Patiala District. The duo, who were involved in more than 12 cases since 1993, were arrested when they were on their way to plant bombs in Ambala. They had reportedly planted bombs outside an LPG refilling plant near Nabha town in January 2010 and on a road leading to Indian Air Force station at Zirakpur, near Chandigarh. Nearly eight kilograms of explosives, 40 gelatin sticks, two pistols and some ammunition were seized from them. The IG claimed that the duo had met KCF’s Bakhshish Singh alias Baba who is absconding since the Karnal bomb attack attempt on the Dera Sacha Sauda (a group regarded as 'heretic' by orthodox Sikhs) chief in a high security jail during the days of militancy in Punjab. According to IG, another KCF terrorist Harminder Singh, now in Malaysia, provided arms, ammunition, explosives and money to DC, Jassa and Baba through the hawala (informal money transfer system) route and the trio had planted bombs with the help of another person, Pargat Singh, near the LPG plant in Nabha and the airbase.
27-Aug-2009 Police in Ludhiana, arrested a suspected militant, identified as Daljit Singh Bittu for allegedly plotting to kill Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal. Bittu, who was involved in the Khalistan movement of the 1980s, was arrested from his house following information provided by arrested terrorist Balbir Singh Bhutna, Police said. Bhutna, who is suspected of links with militant outfits KCF and BKI, was arrested at Ludhiana railway station on August 25 after an encounter in which one person was killed and two policemen were seriously injured. During the investigation, Bhutna had revealed that they had plans to kill the Punjab Chief Minister and his son, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of the State. Bittu is president of the Akali Dal (Amritsar- Panjpradhani), a party which he floated after his release from prison. Bittu was also associated with Simranjit Singh Mann's SAD (A) but had later formed his party - SAD (Panch Pardhani).
04-May-2009 According to military intelligence, a group of 935 Pakistani women are being trained by the ISI, in the Faridkot District of Punjab province in Pakistan to entice men and motivate them into becoming terrorists in India. According to a military intelligence report, the group is also being trained at a camp in Kotli, Pakistan. It said a joint meeting of senior ISI officers with representatives of al Qaeda, LeT, KZF and KCF on April 23 near Talwandi (in Pakistan) was attended by Neeta, KZF leader, and Nazira Begum, the wife of Kotli training camp principal Shah Mohammad. Taught to breach national boundaries, these women generally enter India through West Bengal and Bihar borders and are equally adept at using computers and in blackmailing youth.
31-Oct-2008 Patiala Police arrested three terrorists, linked to Paramjit Singh Panjwar of KCF in Pakistan, from an unspecified place. They were identified as Didar Singh alias Dari, Bahal Singh alias Bala and Ajmer Singh. A motorcycle, a 9-mm pistol, and some live cartridges along with 200 grams of smack were recovered from their possession. They were reportedly involved in several killings in Punjab in recent years.
02-May-2007 Intelligence agencies said that the Pakistan-based LeT and the ISI, Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, are trying to revive militancy in the Indian State of Punjab through sympathizers of the Sikh militant groups like the BKI, the ISYF, KZF, and KCF. The information has been sent to the Punjab Police about the plans to target towns of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Pathankot region. Instructions have also been given to monitor the activities of sympathizers of BKI-Hawara, ISYF-Rode, KZF- Neeta, and KCF, who are sending funds through hawala to "re-launch their separatist movement".
18-Jun-2006 A KCF terrorist, Kulbir Singh Kulbeera alias Barapind, was arrested and later brought to India by a Punjab Police team on June 18 night, following his extradition from the US. Kulbeera, whose extradition to India was made possible after a nine-year legal battle, is allegedly involved in at least 20 cases ranging from mass murder and the massacre of innocents to snatching of weapons from the police, killing of police personnel and bank dacoity.
08-Mar-2005 Police arrested a suspected KCF terrorist, Balraj Singh Raja, near Guru Ravi Dass Chowk in the Jalandhar district of Punjab. Raja, hailing from Daduwal village, had absconded in 1989 when he was arrested by the Jalandhar police along with a heavy quantity of arms and ammunition after jumping bail. He was declared a proclaimed offender in 1990.
05-Sep-2004 The Punjab Police arrested five Kahlistani terrorists, including two suspected Pakistani nationals, along with arms and ammunition from the Pathankot area of Gurdaspur district. The arrested include Saroop Singh, a resident of Jalandhar district and a member of the KCF-Panjwar. He was also closely associated with KCF terrorist Ranjit Singh alias Neeta. Saroop Singh’s brother Nirmal Singh alias Nimma and Rashpal Singh, a resident of the Adampur area in Jalandhar, were the other two arrested. Two other persons who are suspected to be residents of Pakistan, however, identified themselves as Rattan Singh and Avtar Singh.
17-Aug-2004 According to the annual report of Union Home Ministry 2003-04, Pakistan continues to provide sanctuary to various Sikh militant groups and the ISI, Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, was exerting pressure on these outfits to revive terrorist activities in Punjab. The report indicated that Pakistan continues to provide sanctuary to leaders of important pro-Khalistan militant outfits like BKI headed by Wadhwa Singh, KCF led by Paramjit Singh Panjwar and ISYF led by Lakhbir Singh Rode. Militant groups like KZF led by Ranjit Singh alias "Neeta" and Dal Khalsa International led by Gajinder Singh also continued to receive sanctuary from Pakistani soil, the report said.
10-Mar-2004 A US court ruled that deputy chief of the KCF, Kulvir Singh Barapind, should be returned to India to stand trial. The Khalistani terrorist, Barapind was accused by India of murdering 52 people and injuring 13 during the time of terrorism in Punjab. Barapind was arrested and detained in Los Angeles in 1993 on charges of having a fake passport.
09-May-2001 In another development, the chief of the KCF-Punjwar, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, in an interview dubbed reports in the media suggesting his willingness to surrender, denied he has no such plans.
04-May-2001 After the arrest of the KCF chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, Punjab police are reportedly getting feelers from at least three other dreaded terrorists, including Pakistan-based KCF chief (Panjwar) Paramjit Singh Panjwar, for their surrender. Though admitting that some terrorists settled abroad had sent feelers for their surrender, Punjab DGP Sarabjit Singh refused to name them. However, the DGP said, "We may have some big names like Zaffarwal in our custody soon". He said Pakistan-based terrorists were shaken by Zaffarwal's arrest and were being pressured by the ISI to step up subversive activities in northern parts of the country. Media reports quoting intelligence sources said Punjwar, who is wanted in several cases including killings, had recently escaped from Pakistan and made contacts with some senior Punjab police officials.
30-Apr-2001 According to media reports, annoyed over the arrest of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, chief of the KCF, the foreign-based Sikh terrorist outfits have resolved to observe the 15th anniversary of the declaration of ‘Khalistan’ at Stockton, California (US). The declaration of Khalistan "was made at Akal Takht by the Panthic Committee" on April 29, 1986, to which Zaffarwal was one of the five signatories.
20-Apr-2001 The Punjab government is reportedly apprehensive about a possible resurgence of terrorist violence by a section of terrorists, who did not like the way the KCF chief returned to India and offered himself for arrest. Security officials also speculate that the ISI, to aid these disgruntled terrorists, may involve non-Sikhs in engineering violent strikes.
20-Apr-2001 The arrested chief KCF, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, has reportedly said that during his exile in Pakistan, he and scores of other Punjab terrorists were puppets in the hands of Pakistan's ISI. Speaking to newsmen at Baba Bakala in Amritsar, he revealed that they were under the complete control of Pakistani bosses who would tell them to write letters and issue directions to terrorists operating in the field (Indian Punjab). He added that their operations were mainly funded through sources in Europe and North America which were routed through traders based in Lahore and Sialkot, Pakistan.
16-Apr-2001 Intelligence sources said that the arrested KCF chief Zaffarwal faces a serious threat to his life from Pakistan's ISI. According to reports, the ISI was perturbed over his return that could virtually set a trend for others who had escaped abroad with its assistance. This could prove a psychological setback to the ISI's efforts to foment trouble in Punjab. The ISI is known to have spent a considerable amount of money and effort in propping some of these terrorist outfits and Zaffarwal's return is seen as a sort of breach of trust. Zaffarwal had enjoyed the hospitality of the ISI in Pakistan for several years before he fled to Switzerland. Moreover, Zaffarwal might throw light on the ISI network in Punjab.
15-Apr-2001 According to official sources, the interrogation of the arrested KCF chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal has established that many more terrorists living abroad are prepared to return home if given a chance. He reportedly said the government should evolve a concrete policy to help militants return to the mainstream as they were disillusioned with the goal of Khalistan. In a dramatic volte-face, Zaffarwal said Khalistan was no more his goal, and added, Punjab, as a part of India, “is our homeland".
14-Apr-2001 A KCF terrorist, Rachpal Singh Lalli surrendered in Jagraon. His surrender came close on the heels of the arrest of KCF chief Wassan Singh Zaffarwal. Rachpal Singh had fled to Philippines after being declared a proclaimed offender in 1991.
12-Apr-2001 The KCF chief, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal was remanded to police custody till April 20, by Judicial Magistrate in Amritsar. A senior police official claimed that Zaffarwal's arrest was a big achievement of the police. Zaffarwal had managed to enter Punjab on a fake passport in the name of Charanjit Singh and had arrived at the local Rajasansi Airport on March 9.
11-Apr-2001 Majitha Police arrested chief of the KCF, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal.
09-Apr-2001 The president of the Akali Dal (Amritsar), Simranjit Singh Mann, in Jalandhar, alleged that senior Punjab political leaders belonging to different parties had well-established links with terrorists. He also criticized the KCF chief, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal's reported move to surrender.
05-Apr-2001 Punjab Chief Minister, Prakash Singh Badal, addressing a press conference, in Chandigarh, said that the government was ready to open its door to militants willing to surrender. The Chief Minister stated this in reply to a question on reports in the press regarding the surrender proposals of the Chief of the KCF, Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, who is believed to have arrived from Switzerland.
04-Apr-2001 Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal said that, "No one has approached me concerning the surrender of Wassan Singh Zaffarwal. I am not aware of anything in this connection. I have just read in the newspapers that Zaffarwal wanted to surrender". It was reported that Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, Chief of the KCF (Zaffarwal), who was staying in Switzerland until recently, has come to India intending to surrender before the Punjab police.
23-Mar-2001 Punjab Police arrested a KCF (Zaffarwal) terrorist, a proclaimed offender evading arrest since October 1990, for his involvement in a terrorist case. According to the Police, a case had been registered against the terrorist under various sections of IPC, Arms Act and TADA, in October 1990.
26-Jul-2000 A top smuggler, suspected to be an important member of the narco-terrorism network backed by Pakistan’s ISI was arrested in Jalandhar District. He is suspected to have earlier aided the escape of a top KCF leader, Rattandeep Singh, involved in a Chandigarh bomb blast, from India to Pakistan on July 12, 1999.
07-May-2000 Kapurthala Police arrested four terrorists belonging to the KCF (Panjwar) group and recovered nine kg of RDX from them.
31-Mar-2000 According to Police and intelligence sources, efforts are on by some Khalistani militant outfits based in Pakistan, Germany the USA and Belgium to re-establish their contacts in India. The sources feel that the outfits, which include the Babbar Khalsa, the KCF and other militant outfits, are compelled to show some kind of activities in India to their sponsors, including the ISI of Pakistan, to sustain their funds and donations.
28-Mar-2000 Police arrested a KCF (Zaffarwal) terrorist, Raj Pal Singh along with a revolver and some ammunition from Gurdaspur in Punjab. Singh had been active from 1991 to 1994 and had made several trips to Pakistan to bring consignments of arms and ammunition. He was arrested while returning from Jammu after meeting his associates and other Jammu-based terrorists.
14-Mar-2000 Two KCF terrorists, alleged to be working for Pakistan’s ISI, were arrested in Gurdaspur along with a revolver, explosives and trigger mechanisms. Official sources said that the two were on a mission to trigger explosions in buses and trains.
27-Jul-1990 A warning was issued by several militant groups, including SSF, AISSF (Bittoo), BTFK, KCF, and KLF, cautioning students of a specific community not to apply for admission in professional colleges.
17-Jun-1990 KCF directed SGPC to hand over the gold to Baba Thakur Singh which was returned to it by the government.
28-May-1990 The militant outfits, AISSF, KCF, KLF and BKI criticized Rajdev Singh for accusing SS Mann of being a Congress(I) agent.
11-Mar-1990 The Panthic Committee Zaffarwal, AISSF-Buttar, AISSF-Bandala, Manochahaland Rajasthani & KCF- Jhamke group along with SAD (M)jointly read out messages in favour of Khalistan on behalf of militants in Hola Mohalla celebrations at Anandpur Sahib. SS Mann claimed that Sikh religion could not be protected till the ‘Sikh State’ established and he also justified the killing of Indira Gandhi and Vaidya.
13-Jan-1990 Leaders including Bhai Manjit Singh, Surjit Kaur Johal, in a meeting at Muktsar, stated that they would establish Khalsa Raj according to guide lines of late Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. In the meeting, Baba Thakur Singh honoured the families of Shaheeds (martyrs) with gold medals reportedly sent by G.S.Rajasthani of KCF.
22-Jul-1989 KLF, KCF and BKI present a gold medal to Hari Singh Nalwa.
02-Jun-1989 KCF leader Charanjit Singh Channi shot dead in an encounter with security forces. 1
15-May-1989 The self-styled Lt. General of the KCF, Lakhkwinder Singh Lakha shot dead. 1
12-Apr-1989 ‘General’ of the KCF Sukhdev Singh Jhamke shot dead. 1
29-Mar-1989 Balwinder Singh resigns from the membership of the Panthic Committee and supports unity between AISSF, KCF, KLF and BTFK.
09-Mar-1989 Panthic committee appointed Wassan Singh Zaffarwal as ‘Chief’ of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF).
08-Mar-1989 Panthic committee appoints Wassan Singh Zaffarwal as ‘Chief’ of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF).
09-Mar-1988 Jasbir Singh Rode takes over as Jathedar Akal Takht. Saropas presented on behalf of Panthic committee, AISSF, KCF, BTFK, Akal Federation and SGPC.
01-Feb-1986 A new extremist organization called “Khalistan Commando Force” came into existence with Manbir Singh Chaheru as the ‘self-styled commander’ of the organization and Tarsem Singh as the ‘second-in-command’. The organization was created in the name of Giani Hari Singh of Akhand Kirtani Jatha, who died during the 1978 Nirankari-Akhand Kirtani Jatha/Damdami Taksal clash.
01-Feb-1986 A new extremist organization called “Khalistan Commando Force” comes into existence with Manbir Singh Chaheru as the self-styled ‘commander’ of the organization and Tarsem Singh as the ‘second-in-command’. It aims to avenge the death of Giani Hari Singh of Akhand Kirtani Jatha during the 1978 Nirankari-Akhand Kirtani Jatha/Damdami Taksal clash.