The Delhi Police claimed to have foiled an attempt to kill Baba Pyara Singh Paniharewala, a Ropar-based religious leader, with the arrest of four alleged BKI terrorists. On the hit list of the terrorists were four other prominent personalities of Punjab, the police said. Four pistols and 124 live cartridges were allegedly seized from their possession.
The DGP in Punjab, N. P. S. Aulakh, said that Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, the ISI, is behind the regrouping of Babbar Khalsa militant group in Punjab. He claimed that Babbar Khalsa engineered the Ludhiana bomb blast in October 2007 and had planned the elimination of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, Baba Bhaniarewala and certain other heads of religious sects operating in Punjab. The DGP further said that Babbar Khalsa operatives arrested by Ludhiana police have revealed that they got arms training in Pakistan. He said that the police has identified a new terrorist group in the name of the International Liberation Revolutionary Force (ILRF) working in the Malwa region and arrested all the six persons behind the formation of this outfit along with one AK 47 rifle and other weapons.
The police in Ludhiana arrested Mohammed Ali alias Alia for allegedly supplying RDX to the proscribed BKI militants to disrupt Punjab.
A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Patiala awarded life sentences to three hijackers of the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 to Kandahar in Afghanistan on December 24, 1999. Judge Inderjit Singh Walia sentenced the three, Abdul Latif, Dalip Kumar and Yusuf Nepali, on charges of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and wrongful confinement of passengers, forging documents.
The BKI militants, arrested in connection with the bomb blast at a cinema hall in Ludhiana in Punjab on October 14, 2007, have told the investigators that they had approached the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) for the supply of arms and ammunition. During their interrogation, the militants also told that few Sikh youths had been tasked to kill political leaders including Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir, President of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front M. S. Bitta and former State Director General of Police K P. S. Gill. These youths were being trained by Pakistan's external intelligence agency, the ISI, in the handling of arms and ammunition including fabricating of improvised explosive devices.
Three KZF militants were sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by a court in the national capital New Delhi for a bomb blast in the Kailash Hotel in the Paharganj area on March 13, 2000, in which three persons were wounded. The court sentenced the KZF militants, Sukhdev Singh, Satbir Singh, and Purushottam Singh, after holding them guilty for entering into a conspiracy to wage war against the country.
In a letter to the guardians of Sikhism's holiest shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said die-hard separatists were receiving support from sympathizers living overseas. "The government and our agencies have credible information of efforts being made by extremist groups to revive militancy in Punjab," the premier said in the letter. "Much of this is concentrated in countries abroad like the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and especially Pakistan, where such groups receive a great deal of encouragement from remnants of extremist groups as well as support from other hostile forces," he wrote. Singh was responding to an appeal for a review of an official "blacklist" of most-wanted insurgents who fled India at the peak of the insurgency in Punjab.
According to Intelligence sources, Pakistan’s ISI is making serious attempts to revive Sikh militancy in India by coordinating and establishing linkages among various terrorist outfits with the Sikh extremist leaders. The ISI activities to this extent have been planned from countries like the US, Canada, Germany, UK, France, Norway, and Belgium, besides Pakistan in the absence of ground support in India. The various terror groups have established nexus among themselves in terms of financial and logistical support, sharing of information and tactical planning. An intelligence input indicated that representatives of BKI, ISYF and LeT met in Berlin on June 2007 and decided that financial support would be extended to the LeT and logistical support to the BKI to carry out terrorist actions in India. Another input indicated that Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) had got in touch with a UK-based organization, Parliamentarians for National Self-Determination (PNSD) for modelling their ‘position paper’ on the pattern of the ‘Sikh Position Paper’.
The Delhi Police claimed to have arrested two BKI militants, identified as Jaswant Singh alias Kala and Surender Singh alias Fauji from near the Sutlej bridge in Jalandhar in Punjab, in a follow-up to the December 31, 2007-arrest of four BKI militants. One.30 Star make pistol and one .22 Star made pistol with 11 live cartridges were recovered from them.
The Punjab Police claimed to have arrested a woman agent of the Pakistani external intelligence agency, ISI from Jagroan village near Ludhiana. Police said the woman, identified as Ranjeet Kaur, was working as a messenger of the ISI and was sending the message of the ISI to the terrorists operating in India. She was providing them financial support as well.
Security Forces arrested a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) personnel identified as Ranjeet Singh for his suspected links with the KZF when he was fleeing from his unit at Baramulla in Kashmir valley along with two AK-47 rifles in Banihal town on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Two BKI cadres, identified as Paramjit Singh and Kamaljit Singh, were convicted and sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment by a special court for the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, in Chandigarh. The duo, described as human bombs in the Police charge sheet, had reportedly had planned to revive terrorism and had been trained by BKI head, Jagtar Singh Hawara.
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.