Time Line

India    03-Jan-2005

A BKI terrorist, Prem Pal Singh who was involved in an assassination attempt on a senior police official in Punjab and wanted by the FBI for various crimes in the US, was arrested by the Delhi Police. He was reportedly arrested at a passport office in Delhi when he was approaching agents to procure a US visa on its forged passport. A resident of Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib, Prem Pal worked as a Government employee before joining the Punjab terrorist outfit, BKI, in 1985. In July 1985, he and his associates attempted to assassinate Punjab Police Additional Directorate of General (Vigilance), A P Pandey, in Ludhiana.

India    25-Jan-2005

Punjab Police Chief A Siddiqui said, three BKI terrorists, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh Beora, who were facing trial for killing the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh, along with a murder accused in another case and had escaped from the high-security Burail jail, have fled to Pakistan.

India    31-Jan-2005

Police arrested 11 leaders of the Dal Khalsa, a radical Sikh organization, from outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar on charges of unfurling a "saffron flag" on Republic Day, delivering inflammatory speeches and opening fire in the air.

India    22-Feb-2005

According to a report sent by the Chandigarh Police to the UMHA, 13 of the 18 wanted Khalistan terrorists have reportedly escaped from India to find refuge in other countries, including the USA, Canada, and Pakistan, The 13 were wanted by the Chandigarh and Punjab Police in various terrorist activities that occurred in and around Chandigarh during the last 20 years. Most of the terrorists are involved in bomb blasts and were charged under the now-defunct Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987.

India    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.

India    22-May-2005

Two explosions triggered by crude devices at two cinema halls in Delhi during the screening of the Hindi film Jo Bole So Nihal killed one person and injured at least 60 others. In the first incident at Liberty Cinema on the G. T. Karnal Road, the device reportedly exploded under a seat in the sixth row. The second bomb exploded at the toilet of Satyam Cinema in Patel Nagar. Later, Police found the involvement of BKI terrorists in the blasts.

India    31-May-2005

According to media reports, the preliminary interrogation of the accused has revealed that the conspiracy behind the attack was hatched in Stuttgart, Germany. Balwinder has told police that instructions for the attack came from Stuttgart-based Satnam Singh, son-in-law of the BKI chief Wadhwa Singh Babbar, and was facilitated by Pakistan-based leaders of former Punjab terrorist outfits. These men arranged for the RDX used in the attack from Jammu. According to police, the blasts were carried out by four men. ''Two others have been identified as Vikas and Jaspal. We are hopeful that they will be arrested very soon,'' said Delhi Police chief KK Paul.

India    31-May-2005

Two BKI terrorists were arrested in connection with the May 22-bomb blasts at two cinema halls in the national capital New Delhi. While Balwinder Singh was arrested from a village at Nawanshahar in the State of Punjab, the other accused, Jagannath, was arrested from Madipur in Delhi. Rupees 2.94 lakh in cash, 1 kg of RDX and 2 kg of gold was recovered from the latter’s house

India    01-Jun-2005

A day after police arrested BKI activists, Balvinder Singh and Jaganath Yadav, in connection with the blasts at the Liberty and Satyam cinema halls on May 22, the Delhi Police seized illegal arms and ammunition from a hideout of a BKI terrorist, who is still at large. The DP conducted a raid at the hideout of Jaspal Singh at Inderpuri and recovered 1 kg of RDX, a timer, detonator, a.303 rifle, 20 rounds of ammunition, a uniform of a Punjab Police head constable and several fake driving licenses.

India    04-Jun-2005

A court in Jalandhar, Punjab, sentenced two Khalistani terrorists to life imprisonment for the murder of a former police official's son in 1986. The Additional Sessions Judge, SK Garg, sentenced Daljit Singh Bittu and Gursharan Singh Gama to life imprisonment for the murder of Ashok Bedi, son of former SSP Ram KishanBedi, on June 10, 1986. The terrorists were arrested from Anandpur Sahib on April 14, 1996.

India    05-Jun-2005

A joint team of the Delhi and Punjab Police arrested two BKI operatives, Bahadur Singh and Gurdip Singh alias Kaka from the Nawanshahar District of Punjab. DIG of Police (Jalandhar range), Paramjit Singh Gill, stated that both were associates of Jaspal, an accused in the May 22 cinema hall blasts in Delhi. Two slabs of RDX weighing one kilogram, 11 detonators and cordex wires were recovered from the arrested activists.

India    12-Jun-2005

Five persons, identified as Ajaib Singh, Charanjit Kaur, Amit Marwah, Balwinder Singh, and Sukhwinder Singh, were arrested by the Khanna Police for having links with Jagtar Singh Hawara, 'operations chief' in India of the BKI. SSP, Naunihal Singh, stated that “in separate raids,so far we have recovered 20 electrical detonators, 30 mechanical detonators, four batteries, nine belts, eight bomb connections, an ABCD timer, eight bomb coils along with a timer bomb with maximum limit adjustment of 72 hours and more than thousand live cartridges."

India    16-Jun-2005

Punjab Police arrested two close associates of Jagtar Singh Hawara, the BKI 'operations chief', from Ropar district. Swarn Singh and Paramjit Singh alias Bhola were arrested along with 10 kg of RDX (found in half kg bricks, numbering 20), a detonating device switch, 10 PE3A gelatin sticks, two infusion sticks, nine ABCD timers, four highly sophisticated grenades, nine clap switches, one live bomb and two .25 mm Chinese made pistol. "So far, we have 256 hideouts listed in Ropar district alone, where 12 hardcore Khalistani supporters are residing, so you can imagine how they have developed their base among the people. Whatever explosives have been recovered so far, on that basis we cannot rule out that they wanted to disturb peace in the State," said S. P. Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police in Ropar.

India    18-Jun-2005

An activist of the BKI, Ashwani Dadwal alias Jangali, was arrested from the Hoshiarpur district in Punjab. One kg of RDX and two detonators were recovered from his possession. "Ashwani had visited Australia, Cyprus, and Thailand and was trained as a militant by ISI sleuths in Pakistan," said Loknath Angra, Senior Superintendent of Police in Hoshiarpur.

India    20-Jun-2005

The chief of Punjab Police, S. S. Virk, reported that the Police has set up a Special Task Force in all 17 districts of the State to target the BKI network. Virk said that they have so far arrested 24 alleged BKI members, including four women identified as Hardip Kaur, Charanjit Kaur, Gurdeep Kaur and Balwinder Kaur (wife of the arrested BKI ‘operations chief’ Jagtar Singh Hawara), along with 35 kgs of RDX, nine pistols, 11 grenades, more than 40 gelatin sticks, and other explosives.

India    25-Jun-2005

Police arrested a BKI terrorist who was going to be used as a 'human bomb' to assassinate Ashutosh Maharaj, the head of a religious sect (Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan), in the Amritsar district of Punjab. SSP in Majitha, Vibhu Raj, said that "The human bomb Tarsem Singh belongs to BKI and was going to assassinate Ashutosh Maharaj but we arrested him at village Butala." The SSP added, "Singh was arrested with sophisticated electronic devices found wrapped around his waist, besides hand-grenade, 550 live cartridges of AK-47, detonators and bottle bombs."

India    28-Jun-2005

A BKI terrorist, Satnam Singh, was arrested at Majnu Ka Tila in North Delhi by the Delhi Police. A pistol and 15 live cartridges were recovered from him. Satnam, reportedly a ‘human bomb’, admits that he made two attempts to kill the former Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhajan Lal.

India    05-Jul-2005

The Delhi Police arrested three BKI terrorists, identified as Bishan Lal, Joginder, and Ajit Raj, from Jammu. They also recovered 2.5 kilograms of RDX and 10 detonators. The arrests have been made in connection with the twin cinema hall blasts in Delhi on May 22 in which one person was killed. Police said the three were in direct touch with Satnam Singh, the Germany-based mastermind of the blasts. The trio had allegedly supplied nine consignments, each comprising 10 kilograms RDX, one AK rifle and four pistols, since January 2004 for terrorist activities.

India    14-Jul-2005

Two BKI terrorists were arrested by the Delhi Police from the Old Delhi in connection with the May 22 blasts at two cinema halls. The terrorists were identified as Dilbagh Singh, a close relative of the Pakistan-based BKI chief Wadhwa Singh, and Surender Singh Kanda, a Kenya-based non-resident Indian, who reportedly works as a visa agent.

India    15-Jul-2005

Police arrested a BKI terrorist, identified as Gurdev Singh, from Chamkaur Sahib Rupnagar district for his alleged involvement in the May 22 blasts.

India    16-Jul-2005

Police arrested two BKI terrorists, suspected to be 'Human Bomb', from near Kinas Bhawan in Sector 35 of Chandigarh and recovered one 0.25 bore foreign-made pistol with ammunition, two detonators and a bag containing two human bomb belts with 450 grams of RDX, switches, wires, and battery.

India    17-Jul-2005

Police arrested three BKI terrorists near Madhopur Chowk in the Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab. One AK-47 rifle, 25 live cartridges, and some explosives are recovered from them.

India    19-Jul-2005

Police in the Ropar district of Punjab arrested five accomplices of the BKI 'operations chief' Jagtar Singh Hawara in connection with the bomb blast near the house of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara at Dhamana village in January 2005.

India    28-Jul-2005

Two trans-border smugglers-turned- BKI cadres were arrested from Jammu for their alleged involvement in the May 22 twin cinema hall blasts in New Delhi.

India    15-Sep-2005

Delhi Police neutralized an ISI base in Punjab and arrested an alleged agent who had been tasked to provide shelter to other operatives. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), Tajendra Luthra, the agent, identified as Mohammed Ramzan, was arrested from Malerkotla in the Sangrur district for providing shelter and secret information relating to the Ambala cantonment to another ISI agent, Irfan Kausar, who was arrested earlier on September 7 from New Delhi.

India    17-Oct-2005

The Haryana Police is reported to have arrested a Babbar Khalsa terrorist, identified as Gurdip Singh, who assisted in the escape of the main accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, Jagtar Singh Hawara, and three of his accomplices from the Burail jail in January 2004. Gurdip Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh district in Punjab, was arrested from Sujra village of Kurukshetra district where he was living for the past three months on a fictitious identity. Police also seized a Chinese-made pistol and 14 live cartridges from his possession.

India    19-Nov-2005

Punjab Police arrested three Pakistan-trained terrorists of the BKI from the Jagroan district and foiled their plan of a major strike in crowded localities in Chandigarh and Delhi. Police seized 1.2 kilograms of RDX, one pencil bomb, 28 detonators, a timer, 55 AK-47 cartridges, 56 Mauser cartridges, and four .9 mm cartridges. The ammunition and RDX were smuggled from Pakistan through the Rajasthan border and the terrorists planned to detonate bombs in areas dominated by a particular community.

India    27-Nov-2005

Police recovered six bags containing empty cartridges and bombshells from Mohanpur village in Ludhiana district.