Time Line

India    01-Jan-2024

Designated Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, in a video message on January 1, called for the 'economic destruction' of India by targeting the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange on March 12. Pannun urged people to divest from Indian stocks and invest in American stocks. Indian security agencies have pursued him in numerous cases, and last month, he called for targeting the Indian Parliament. Pannun has a history of openly advocating violence against India and was designated a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.


India    01-Jan-2024

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) on January 1 designated Satwinder Singh alias Goldy Brar, as a "terrorist" under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Brar has been on Interpol's red notice since June 2022 and is connected to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang and the Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI). He is implicated in assisting pro-Khalistan outfits in smuggling weapons, drugs, carrying out targeted killings, and recruitment. Additionally, he is accused of being involved in the hit on Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala and claimed responsibility on behalf of the Bishnoi gang. Brar is listed among Canada's 25 most wanted individuals, and Indian agencies are actively seeking his extradition from Canada.


India    01-Jan-2024

A series of prayer ceremonies for the release of Amritpal Singh, the leader of Waris Punjab De (WPD), and other imprisoned Sikhs concluded on January 1 at Sachkhand Sri Hajur Sahib in Nanded district of Maharashtra. The prayer events, emphasizing religious and spiritual beliefs, aimed at seeking divine intervention for the release of detainees.


India    01-Jan-2024

Punjab Police on January 1 busted an inter-state drug smuggling racket by arresting two individuals, identified as Pishora Singh and Arjodh Singh alias Jodha along with 10 kg of opium and a car (PB04 V 1299) from Maqboolpura area of Amritsar district.


India    01-Jan-2024

In 2023, along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab, Border Security Force (BSF) troops detected and downed 107 drones. They seized 442.395 kg of heroin, 23 weapons, and 505 rounds of ammunition. Additionally, they neutralized three Pakistani intruders and apprehended 23 Pakistani nationals, 14 Bangladeshi nationals, and 95 Indian suspects, including 35 smugglers. The troops also displayed a humanitarian approach by handing over 12 Pakistani nationals who inadvertently crossed the border.


India    01-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) troops on January 1 recovered a packet containing around 480 grams of heroin, wrapped in a yellow adhesive tape, on the outskirts of L S Wala Village in Ferozepur district.


India    01-Jan-2024

An 18-year-old alleged drug addict, identified as Navdeep Singh, was beaten to death at a de-addiction centre in Patto Hira Singh village in Moga district, and the police arrested 10 Nihangs on January 1 in connection with the murder. The Taruna Dal of Nihangs operated the unauthorized rehabilitation centre. Navdeep was taken to the centre by Nihangs, allegedly harassed, and severely beaten when attempting to leave. One Nihang, Sukhpal Singh, alias Sukha Nihang, has been named in the case. The police are investigating the case to identify the other suspects.


India    02-Jan-2024

India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, during an interview with ANI, stated that India has rendered Pakistan's core policy of using cross-border terrorism to force dialogue irrelevant. This has been achieved by refusing to engage in talks based on terms legitimizing terrorism. Jaishankar also expressed concern over Canada providing a safe space for Khalistani forces, which is damaging the India-Canada relationship.


India    02-Jan-2024

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) recently designated Canadian gangster Satinderjit Singh, alias Goldy Brar, as a 'designated terrorist' under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Brar, associated with the Khalistani terror group Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), is accused of multiple killings, professing a radical ideology, and engaging in cross-border arms smuggling. The son of a retired Punjab Police Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Brar is linked to gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and claimed responsibility for the high-profile murder of Punjabi singer-turned-politician Sidhu Moose Wala in 2022. Wanted in Canada, he faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and weapons trafficking, ranking among the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) top wanted criminals.


India    02-Jan-2024

According to sources, the Indian government plans to deploy indigenous anti-drone technology within the next six months to counter smuggling activities along the India-Pakistan border. The Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police have reported 593 drone sightings and the recovery of 110 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the past 12 months. The technology aims to curb the smuggling of arms and narcotics, especially in Punjab, with central agencies suspecting Pakistani involvement in financing and supplying weapons to pro-Khalistan entities on the Indian side through the use of UAVs.


India    02-Jan-2024

The Punjab Police on January 2 granted a six-day parole to Kulwant Singh Rauke, an associate of Waris Punjab De (WPD) chief Amritpal Singh, who is currently in Dibrugarh jail in Assam. The parole was granted following the death of Rauke's uncle and allowed him to visit his village in the Moga district of Punjab. Rauke is the first to be released for any purpose since the crackdown on Waris Punjab De in March 2023.


India    02-Jan-2024

The Punjab Police on January 2 arrested 11 individuals involved in a drug racket, including seven jail officials and four drug smugglers, in connection with a case involving over 43,000 calls made from mobile phones by three inmates of Ferozepur Central Jail in Ferozepur district.


India    02-Jan-2024

Punjab Police on January 2 conducted a special Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) named 'OPS Eagle-III' at bus stands and railway stations across the state, resulting in the arrest of 24 suspected criminals. The operation involved 500 police teams with over 4,000 personnel, focusing on frisking individuals arriving and departing from the stations. A total of 917 suspicious individuals were questioned, and 21 First Information Reports (FIR) were registered during the operation.


India    03-Jan-2024

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, in an interview with ANI warned that Canada's political environment is creating a space for the growth of Khalistani separatism, enabling radicals to propagate their ideology. These remarks come amid escalating tensions between Canada and India over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Jaishankar accuses Canada of providing room for Khalistani forces to engage in activities detrimental to bilateral relations, refuting Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's allegations of an Indian plot to assassinate Khalistani terrorists.


United Kingdom    03-Jan-2024

According to sources, Neil O’Brien, a Senior Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) representing Harborough and a former minister, has written to the United Kingdom (UK) Home Secretary James Cleverly expressing concern over the death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda in Birmingham in 2023. O'Brien questions the lack of a thorough investigation by West Midlands police, despite initial claims of an inquiry.


India    03-Jan-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on January 3 arrested Ashok Kumar, a key accused linked to gangster Rohit Godara, in connection with the murder of Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena (SRRKS) chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi. The arrest was made as part of raids conducted at 31 locations in Rajasthan and Haryana. During the operation, law enforcement recovered a large number of pistols, ammunition, digital devices (including mobile phones, SIM cards, and DVRs), as well as incriminating documents related to financial transactions. This arrest, part of an ongoing probe, brings the total number of individuals detained in the case to nine.


India    03-Jan-2024

Punjab Police are puzzled by the recovery of 19 kg of heroin and weapons in Amritsar city, Amritsar district, which occurred on December 31. Despite finding drone parts at the scene, the police suspect the use of a piped method for smuggling. The contraband is believed to have been trafficked by inserting a PVC pipe through the electrified barbed fence at the Indo-Pak border, taking advantage of dense fog. While smaller quantities have been previously smuggled using China-made drones, the large haul suggests a different method, leading to the arrest of two individuals in connection with the smuggling operation.


India    03-Jan-2024

Balwant Singh Rajoana, a death row convict awaiting a decision on his mercy petition for 12 years, has written to Union Home Minister (UHM) Amit Shah, questioning the delay. Rajoana was convicted in the assassination of former Chief Minister (CM) Beant Singh and is currently held in Patiala Central Jail in Punjab. Having spent 28 years in jail, Rajoana accused the government of biased justice, emphasizing the long-pending decision on his mercy plea.


India    03-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) troops on January 3 recovered a packet containing around 530 grams of heroin, wrapped in yellow adhesive tape, on the outskirts of Naushera Dhalla village in Tarn Taran district.


India    03-Jan-2024

The Shahkot police on January 3 arrested a drug peddler identified as Harpreet Singh alias Happy and seized 305 intoxicant tablets from his possession, in Baupur village in Jalandhar district.


India    03-Jan-2024

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on January 3 called for the promotion of trade ties with Pakistan and declared its intent to organize a 'Punjab Bachao Yatra,' aimed at addressing concerns about the weakening federal structure and alleged misgovernance by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government. The party's core committee, which met on January 3, decided to extend an invitation to rebels and expelled Akali leaders to return and contribute to the strengthening of the SAD.


India    03-Jan-2024

Police on January 3 arrested two members of a Khalistani terror module associated with the banned terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), identified as Karan Gujjarpuria and Vishaldeep Singh, and recovered three weapons and eight live cartridges from their possession in Amritsar in Amritsar district.


India    03-Jan-2024

The Australian High Commissioner to India, Philip Green on January 3 expressed concern about allegations linking India to a failed assassination attempt on Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and the death of another Khalistani terrorist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, as raised by the United States (US) and Canada, respectively. Green emphasized the importance of addressing such issues sensitively with India, portraying their engagement as allies rather than solely as part of the Five Eyes alliance. Despite maintaining a stable relationship with the US, Green acknowledged the rapidly evolving nature of Australia-India ties, highlighting opportunities for growth. He also underscored Australia's commitment to addressing acts against any religious element, referencing recent attacks on Hindu temples in the country.


India    04-Jan-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on January 4 filed a charge sheet against Manpreet Singh alias Peeta, a close associate of the Canada-based designated gangster-turned-terrorist Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dalla, before a special NIA court in New Delhi. Peeta played a significant role in weapons collection, extortion calls, and recruitment for the terror outfit Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), raising funds for Arsh Dalla. Arrested last year after deportation from the Philippines, Peeta's charge sheet represents a major step in the NIA's efforts to dismantle the terror-gangster nexus spanning multiple Indian states and other countries.


India    04-Jan-2024

The Supreme Court (SC) on January 4 rejected a petition seeking consular access for Indian national Nikhil Gupta, who is detained in a Czech Republic prison over an alleged plot to kill Khalistani terrorist separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in the United States (US). The court cited the Vienna Convention, stating that Gupta has already received consular access. The bench emphasized the importance of respecting the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the foreign court, and it denied the petitioner's requests for intervention by the Indian government in extradition proceedings and cooperation in legal proceedings in the Czech Republic.


India    04-Jan-2024

According to Punjab Police sources, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has requested comprehensive information from the Punjab Police regarding gangsters and individuals involved in terrorist activities currently residing in Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US). This move comes amid growing diplomatic tension between India and Canada following the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada. The NIA aims to gather details on individuals who have fled abroad using fake passports in recent years. Additionally, it is compiling a list of associates and accomplices involved in facilitating their escape.


United Kingdom    04-Jan-2024

United Kingdom (UK) Sikh Member of Parliament (MP) Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi hosted a meeting with his Canadian counterpart, Iqwinder Singh Gaheer, in Slough, UK. Discussions covered various aspects of international politics, global Sikh concerns, and opportunities to strengthen bilateral ties. Both MPs emphasized the importance of cross-border dialogue, committing to ongoing constructive engagements for the betterment of their communities and fostering stronger ties between Canada and the UK.


India    04-Jan-2024

The Union Ministry of Communications on January 4 issued a warning about fake calls from international numbers advising people to sell their shares before March 12, 2024, claiming an impending destruction of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE). The calls are considered malicious and aimed at causing panic. The government urges people to ignore such messages and report them to telecom service providers or the National Cyber Crime Portal. This advisory follows threats from Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun to target BSE and NSE for 'economic destruction,' leading to calls for enhanced cybersecurity measures at the stock exchanges.


India    04-Jan-2024

Punjab Police on January 4 busted a cross-border drug module being operated from Pakistan, by arresting a drug peddler identified as Simranjit Singh alias Simar Maan, and seized 2 kg of ICE (methamphetamine), a .30-bore China-made pistol and five bullets from his possession, in Chheharta area in Amritsar district. The suspect was in contact with Pakistan-based smugglers who allegedly supplied drugs and weapons using drones.


India    04-Jan-2024

Police on January 4 arrested four drug smugglers identified as Gurpreet Singh, Harmohan Singh, Jagjeet Singh and Jarnail Singh, and seized 63 kg of opium from their possession, at a special check post near Goraya in Jalandhar district. One of the accused, Jagjit, was convicted for 10 years in a poppy husk smuggling case and was out on parole


India    04-Jan-2024

Police on January 4 arrested an individual identified as Gourav, and seized 20 grams of ICE (methamphetamine) from his possession, near Jharamari Barrier in Derabassi in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district.


India    04-Jan-2024

A team of Range Anti-Narcotics-cum-Special Operation Cell on January 4 arrested an individual identified as Jatinder Singh and seized 50 grams of heroin from his possession at Phase-7 in in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district.


India    04-Jan-2024

The sarpanch of Dadiyana village, identified as Sandeep Singh, was shot dead on January 4 by three armed men on a motorcycle around 10 am in Dadiyana village in Hoshiarpur district. The assailants, known to the deceased, approached him, shook hands, and then shot him at close range.


India    04-Jan-2024

Punjab Police on January 4 arrested two Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) operatives, who were being handled from abroad, after a brief encounter and seized 4 pistols and 10 live cartridges from their possession inside Bal Gopal Gaushala in Balongi village in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. One of the operatives, identified as Sharanjit Singh alias Sunny, sustained injuries. Both operatives were part of an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-backed terror module led by Harvinder Rinda and were involved in various killings.


India    04-Jan-2024

Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Fiala is anticipated to serve as the Guest of Honour during the 10th Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit scheduled from January 10-12 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The current attention surrounding PM Fiala's visit is connected to the arrest of an Indian national named Nikhil Gupta by Czech authorities on June 30, 2023.


India    04-Jan-2024

The three-day conference of Director Generals of Police (DGPs) and Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, starting on January 5, will address key issues such as terror threats in Jammu and Kashmir, cyber frauds, and the activities of pro-Khalistan groups. Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister (UHM) Amit Shah will participate, discussing topics such as the implementation of recent criminal laws, the Maoist issue, inter-state police coordination, and preparations for general elections. Approximately 250 officers will attend physically, with over 200 participating virtually, delivering presentations on counterterrorism, online fraud, and other security challenges. The conference, initiated outside New Delhi since 2014, has historically influenced significant policy changes in policing.


United States    05-Jan-2024

The Hindu American Foundation reported on January 5 that the Sherawali Temple in Hayward, California, had been defaced with pro-Khalistan graffiti, just weeks after a similar occurrence at the Swaminarayan temple in Newark, California, United States (US). The foundation highlighted the rising threat from Khalistan supporters and emphasized the importance of installing security cameras and alarm systems.


Canada    05-Jan-2024

The Edmonton Police Service reported that extortion attempts targeting Indo-Canadian businesses have spread from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Metro Vancouver to the province of Alberta in Canada, leading to at least 18 investigations since October 2023. Perpetrators escalate violence, including drive-by shootings and arson, if victims fail to pay. The Edmonton Police Service reported a series of arson attempts, and six individuals have been arrested for shooting and arson incidents connected to the extortion series. These crimes highlight concerns over transnational gangs with potential links to India operating in Canada, such as the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. The Indian government recently declared Satinderjeet Singh, alias Goldy Brar, a central figure in the gang, a terrorist.


United States    05-Jan-2024

Three Hindu temples—Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Newark, Shiv Durga Temple, and Vijay’s Sherawali Temple in Hayward—have been targeted by unknown miscreants in quick succession, vandalized with anti-India and pro-Khalistan graffiti in the Bay Area region of California, United States (US). The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is in contact with temple leaders and authorities to address the matter, urging heightened security measures. The attacks, occurring between December 2023 and the New Year, have raised concerns about Hinduphobia, leading US authorities to investigate the incidents as potential hate crimes. The Indian-American community in the Bay Area is growing, and these incidents are seen as reflecting political issues and divisions within the community.


Canada    05-Jan-2024

The Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are collaborating with other jurisdictions to address a series of recent extortion attempts targeting Indian businesses in Surrey, White Rock, Abbotsford, West Vancouver, Edmonton, and Ontario's Peel regions of Canada. The extortion tactics, resembling those used by gangs in India, involve letters demanding payment for 'protection from future violence.


India    05-Jan-2024

Crystal meth, commonly known as ICE or methamphetamine, is reportedly entering the drug market in Punjab, as revealed during the interrogation of Simranjit Singh, alias Simar Maan, the prime suspect in the recent 2 kg ICE seizure that occurred on January 4. The drug was smuggled from Pakistan through a drone. Singh has allegedly been involved in the illegal drug trade for several months. Although details about the intended recipients were not disclosed, it is suggested that the seized drug was meant for distribution in metro cities, both within and outside Punjab. It has gained particular popularity among addicts in the Doaba region. Singh was produced in court and has been sent to three-day police remand.


India    05-Jan-2024

A special court designated under the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Mumbai, on January 5, rejected the discharge petition of Mohiuddin Siddiqui, a former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) operative accused of aiding in reviving Sikh militancy for a separate 'Khalistan' state in Punjab. Siddiqui allegedly provided ammunition and international SIM cards to convicted individuals. The court cited evidence from mobile phones and noted the conviction of others as sufficient grounds to proceed. Siddiqui claimed a conspiracy against him by corrupt superiors, emphasizing the lack of specific terrorist activity and challenging the reliability of witness statements and evidence collected by the NIA.


Canada    05-Jan-2024

The Surrey detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on January 5 stated that they have identified the vehicle linked to the shooting at the residence of the son of Satish Kumar, the president of Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, in Surrey, Canada. The RCMP's General Investigation Unit has identified a blue Mitsubishi Mirage GT or SE hatchback, model years 2017-2019, as a vehicle of interest. There has been an increase in violence and defacing of Hindu shrines in Canada in recent times.


India    05-Jan-2024

The Mohali district administration on January 5 introduced a WhatsApp number, 80541-00112, for residents to report drug traffickers and victims, in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. The number is under the direct supervision of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohali Viraj Shyamkaran Tidke.


India    05-Jan-2024

On January 5, a ceremony with Sri Akhand Path Sahib bhog took place on the death anniversary of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh at Gurdwara Jhanda Bunga Sahib within the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar in Punjab.


India    06-Jan-2024

Radical Sikh outfits Dal Khalsa and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), in Amritsar on January 6, announced a protest against Indian intelligence and security agencies, citing concerns over transnational repression and the misuse of laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and National Security Act (NSA) to curtail Sikh activism. The protest is set to take place on January 26, Republic Day, in Moga, Punjab.


India    06-Jan-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) attached four properties belonging to members of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi's organized terror-crime syndicate on January 6 in a coordinated operation across Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh (UP). The attachments, carried out under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), include a property in Lucknow owned by Vikas Singh, two properties in Fazilka owned by accused Dalip Kumar alias Dalip Bishnoi, and a seized Fortuner vehicle belonging to Joginder Singh. The NIA identified Vikas Singh as a terror gang harborer, linking him to the RPG attack on the Punjab Police Headquarters in Mohali, Punjab, in 2022. The gang, with international connections, was involved in crimes such as the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala and extortion activities.


India    06-Jan-2024

Delhi Police's Special Cell on January 6 arrested a sharpshooter connected to the Lawrence Bishnoi-Kala Rana gang, identified as Pradeep Singh, and seized two semi-automatic pistols of .32 bore with nine live cartridges from his possession, in Rohini in North West Delhi district in Delhi. Singh was allegedly recruited by gangster Virender Partap alias Kala Rana through Instagram and Signal App, and tasked with criminal activities in Delhi.


India    06-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 6 recovered three packages suspected to be containing 3.210 kg of heroin wrapped with adhesive tape and one Android mobile phone from a farming field, near Daoke village in Amritsar II tehsil in Amritsar district.


India    06-Jan-2024

In the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) crackdown on January 6 on Lawrence Bishnoi’s organized terror-crime syndicate, the house owned by Dalip Kumar Bishnoi in Bishanpura village, Abohar tehsil, Fazilka district of Punjab, was among the properties attached. Bishanpura and Dottaranwali, Lawrence's native village, are part of Asia's large wildlife sanctuary. Dalip, a former village sarpanch, was arrested for suspicious activities, and his property allegedly harbored criminals and concealed weapons. While Lawrence and Dalip share a community, they have no family relations.


India    06-Jan-2024

Police on January 6 registered a First Information Report (FIR) against gangster Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, the main accused in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case, for allegedly breaking an LED TV at Kapurthala Central Jail after a verbal spat with a fellow inmate on December 29 in Kapurthala district.


India    06-Jan-2024

The State Crime Branch Police station on January 6 filed two First Information Reports (FIRs) in accordance with the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, against Lawrence Bishnoi and unidentified gang members, accusing them of alleged extortion, withholding information, and destroying evidence related to two interviews telecast by a TV channel. The interviews were reportedly conducted in Bathinda jail. Notably, the FIRs do not include the journalist's name, although the TV channel is mentioned.


India    06-Jan-2024

A team of four senior officers from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is set to visit the United States (US) to meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials, to discuss various cases, including the attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco and the extradition of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, in the US. The visit follows discussions between FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and NIA Director Dinkar Gupta during Wray's December 2023 visit to India. The discussions will cover issues such as Tahawwur Rana's involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, activities of terrorist-organized criminal networks, and investigations into the San Francisco consulate attack.


India    06-Jan-2024

Two suspected terrorist’s aides, Sharanpreet Singh and Karanbir Singh, linked to Canada-based gangster Happy Pashian, who were arrested on January 4 in Mohali for their involvement in cross-border weapon smuggling and drug distribution revealed that they were working with Pakistan-based Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief Harwinder Singh alias Rinda, and received weapons and drugs via drones from Pakistan. Their arrest revealed a significant connection between criminal activities in India and Pakistan-based elements, underscoring the transnational nature of the illicit operations.


Canada    06-Jan-2024

On January 6, a forum hosted by the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society drew 700 attendees, including politicians and law enforcement officials, to address growing concerns about an extortion racket targeting South Asian businesses across Canada, particularly in Surrey, British Columbia. Since October, businesses have reported receiving threats via calls, WhatsApp, and letters. The forum aimed to encourage victims to report extortions, discuss the modus operandi and address delays in the judicial system of British Columbia. Authorities assured an active pursuit of extortionists, with ongoing investigations.


Canada    07-Jan-2024

Violence erupted during a protest at Gurdwara Sahib Boulevard on January 7, resulting in at least two injuries in northeast Calgary, Alberta province, Canada. Calgary police responded to a fight involving 50 to 100 people and had received earlier calls about disturbances between protesters and the gurdwara occupants. The protest, organized by Gurpartap Baidwan, aimed to oppose the temple's elected leadership committee, alleging bylaw violations and misconduct.


United States    07-Jan-2024

Supporters of the Khalistani terror outfit Sikh For Justice (SFJ) on January 7 blockaded and besieged the Indian Consulate in San Francisco in the United States (US) as part of the 'Khalistan Freedom Car Rally.' The rally, organized by SFJ, featured over 1,000 vehicles and included a float depicting the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister (PM) Indira Gandhi. Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun urged caution to Indian PM Narendra Modi, referencing historical Sikh responses to state violence. SFJ also emphasized the Khalistan Referendum ahead of the voting scheduled for January 28.


Czech Republic    07-Jan-2024

Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national arrested in Prague, Czech Republic based on United States (US) intelligence for an alleged plot to kill Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, has been moved to solitary confinement in Pankrác prison due to a credible threat on his life. This information was revealed in an email from the head of the prison guard department to the municipal court in Prague, Czech Republic.


Canada    07-Jan-2024

Attorney General of British Columbia, Niki Sharma, on January 7 pledged additional funding for local law enforcement to address gang-related violence in Indo-Canadian communities, while speaking at a community forum in Surrey in the British Columbia province of Canada. The forum, attended by 700-800 people, discussed concerns of drive-by shootings and extortion calls. A memorandum presented to leaders, including Sharma, calls for increased police patrols in high-risk areas, responding to incidents reported in Metro Vancouver, Greater Toronto Area, and Edmonton. The forum also addressed the previous targeting of a temple by pro-Khalistan elements, with recent incidents including posters and firing incidents.


India    07-Jan-2024

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) recently designated four individuals associated with Khalistani terror groups as terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Three individuals linked to the Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) are Lakhbir Singh alias Landa; Satwinder Singh alias Goldy Brar; and Harwinder Singh Sandhu alias Rinda. Arshdeep Singh Gill alias Arsh Dalla, is associated with another Khalistani terror outfit, the Khalistani Tiger Force (KTF). The National Investigation Agency (NIA) played a crucial role leading to the declaration of these terrorists since 2020. The move aims to expedite justice in India and garner global attention, despite facing diplomatic challenges, particularly from Canada.


India    07-Jan-2024

According to sources, in 2023, the Border Security Force (BSF) along India's western border with Pakistan shot down and recovered a total of 119 drones, marking a substantial increase from the 22 drones seized in 2022. Of these, 108 drone retrievals occurred in Punjab, and 11 in Rajasthan. On the eastern frontier, there was the seizure of 22,000 kg of narcotics, 2.5 lakh units of Phensedyl, and over 10 lakh Yaba tablets. In contrast, the western border reported a total of 841 kg of seized drugs, with Rajasthan witnessing a four-fold rise compared to 2022. Despite the deployment of anti-drone systems, traffickers have adapted tactics, leading to an increase in drone sightings and altered smuggling methods.


India    07-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 7 recovered a broken drone from Hazara Singh Wala village in Ferozepur tehsil in Ferozepur district of Punjab. The recovered drone was a Chinese Quadcopter, model number-- DJI Matrice 300 RTK.


India    07-Jan-2024

Activists commemorating the anniversary of the Qaumi Insaaf Morcha's (QIM) establishment on January 7 will gather on the road between Sectors 51 and 52 near YPS Chowk, demanding the release of 'Bandi Singhs' in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district, Punjab. The event, led by Morcha leaders, is expected to draw over 500 participants. On January 11, a march is scheduled from Fatehgarh Sahib to the morcha site as part of the event.


India    08-Jan-2024

Police on January 8 arrested one person, identified as Fateh and seized 260 grams of intoxicant powder from his possession in Model Town in Hoshiarpur in Hoshiarpur district.


India    08-Jan-2024

Police on January 8 arrested one person, identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, and seized 80 grams of intoxicant powder from his possession in Model Town in Hoshiarpur in Hoshiarpur district.


India    08-Jan-2024

Police arrested one person, identified as Gagandeep Singh alias Chhanga and seized 110 grams of narcotics from his possession, in Model Town in Hoshiarpur in Hoshiarpur district on January 8.


India    08-Jan-2024

Police on January 8 arrested Ajay Kumar alias Ajju, and seized 65 grams of intoxicant powder from his possession, and Jaspal Bassan and seized 45 grams of intoxicant powder from his possession, in Katcha Tobha in Hoshiarpur in Hoshiarpur district.


India    08-Jan-2024

The Garhshankar police on January 8 arrested Gaurav Kumar and seized 160 grams of narcotic substance from his possession, in Garhshankar in Hoshiarpur district.


India    08-Jan-2024

Tanda police on January 8 arrested Maano, and seized 65 grams of narcotic substance from his possession, from Chandigarh Colony in Tanda in Hoshiarpur district.


India    08-Jan-2024

Tanda police on January 8 arrested a fugitive identified as Niramal Sing alias Raju, and seized 65 grams of narcotic substance from his possession, in Khakhan village in Tanda tehsil in Hoshiarpur district. He was previously wanted in three cases that had been registered at the Tanda police station under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.


India    08-Jan-2024

On the orders of Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav, the Punjab Police on January 8 conducted a widespread cordon and search operation in all 28 police districts of Punjab, resulting in 202 First Information Reports (FIR) and the arrest of 48 individuals. Special DGP (Law and Order) Arpit Shukla reported the recovery of 1.9 kg of heroin, INR 6.8 lakh in drug money, 1.1 kg of opium, 87.5kg of poppy husk, 10,125 intoxicating tablets, 18 injections, 885 litres of illicit liquor and 12,350 litres lahan. The operation, executed from 8 am to 2 pm, involved over 600 police teams, with more than 9,000 personnel cordoning off 268 drug hotspots and frisking 5,505 suspicious persons.


India    08-Jan-2024

Punjab Police on January 8 arrested three more members of the Mannu Muhawa drug cartel, identified as Balraj Singh alias Kaka, Anmol Singh alias Laalu, and Sarabjit Singh, and seized 3.5 kg of heroin along with 10 cartridges and an SUV from their possession, from Sultanwind area in Amritsar district. The cartel's operations involve smuggling contraband and arms from Pakistan through drones. The Police emphasized ongoing efforts to establish the network of drug suppliers, dealers, and buyers connected to the cartel.


India    08-Jan-2024

On January 8, drug peddlers fired around 200 bullets in broad daylight during a disrupted narcotics sale, leading to a shootout at a wedding in Jeera village, Ferozepur district. The incident, fueled by longstanding rivalry among the parties involved, resulted in a girl sustaining gunshot wounds. Police have initiated a thorough investigation into the incident.


India    08-Jan-2024

During the Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on January 8, the police arrested 16 individuals and seized 1.1kg of opium, 1,450 habit-forming tablets, 1.5 kg of cannabis, 10 g of heroin, 30 g of intoxicants, 120 bottles of liquor, two motorcycles and INR 1.25 lakh in drug money in Patiala district of Punjab.


India    08-Jan-2024

Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, through a video message on January 8 called for the shutdown of airports from Amritsar in Punjab to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh (UP) ahead of the January 22 Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha ceremony. Pannun, the leader of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), also urged Muslims to oppose the ceremony and carve out 'Urduistan' from India. Threatening global consequences, he called for Muslims to protest the event, which will be attended by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.


India    08-Jan-2024

Nihang leader Baba Harjit Singh Rasulpur, on January 8, announced his plans to offer 'langar seva' to devotees worldwide who will be arriving for the inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh (UP) on January 22. Two trucks loaded with ration and essentials were dispatched from Chandigarh on January 8. Singh emphasized his forefathers' devotion to Lord Ram and expressed his view that the temple's construction is a victory for both Sanatan and Sikhism. He aims to celebrate the occasion by providing langar for everyone. Additionally, he will oversee the stay of dignitaries attending the Satsang in Ayodhya, with langar services commencing on January 14. This initiative aligns with Sikh traditions, promoting equality and unity.


India    08-Jan-2024

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President, Harjinder Singh Dhami, Dhami on January 8 released the report of the inquiry committee of the SGPC, which states that Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Singh Mann, who oversees the home department, is considered the main culprit responsible for the November 2023 police firing and the violation of Sikh religious conduct at Gurdwara Akal Bunga in Sultanpur Lodhi, Amritsar. The report alleges unnecessary police firing without warning disrupted an Akhand Path, and government officials, under pressure from the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) state government, did not cooperate with the inquiry.


United States    08-Jan-2024

A federal court in New York on January 8 asked United States (US) federal prosecutors to provide documentary evidence for their "murder for hire" charges against Indian national Nikhil Gupta. Gupta, arrested in the Czech Republic in June 2023, is accused of orchestrating the hit on Pannun at the behest of a senior Indian government officer referred to as "CC-1." The court order directs the government to respond to the defense’s motion to compel production of discovery materials within three days. Pannun, designated as a terrorist in India, is facing charges under the Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act (UAPA).


India    09-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 9 intercepted a drone, and in the early hours of January 10, they recovered two bags containing small packets of heroin, each weighing around 3 kg (totaling 6 kg of heroin), from near Majar Jamsher Pattan Dhani village in Fazilka district.


India    09-Jan-2024

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on January 9 asserted that Congress leader Jagdish Tytler instigated a mob during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi, as part of its final arguments on the framing of charges against the Congress leader in the case in New Delhi. The CBI agency presented statements from four eyewitnesses before Special Judge Rakesh Sayal, indicating Tytler's involvement at the scene where three individuals were killed. Tytler is charged with rioting and murder, among other offenses. The CBI claimed that Tytler incited the mob at Gurdwara Pul Bangash, leading to the burning of the religious site and the death of three individuals. The court has listed the matter for further hearing on January 22.


India    09-Jan-2024

The Punjab Police's efforts to crack down on repeat drug traffickers through the Prevention of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (PIT-NDPS) Act have faced hindrances due to delays in granting sanctions by the Department of Home Affairs and Justice in Punjab. Approximately 60 proposals for the preventive detention of drug offenders, sent by the police, remain uncleared. Concerns about potential misuse and legal repercussions are cited as reasons for the delay. This delay raises questions about the effectiveness of the crackdown on drug trafficking in Punjab.


India    09-Jan-2024

Punjab Police on January 9 arrested one person, identified as Harpreet Singh and seized 1.50 kg of heroin and INR 3 lakh cash from his possession in the Mochi Bazar area of Amritsar district. Preliminary investigations revealed the involvement of Mandeep Singh, residing in the United States (US), who directed Harpreet to receive heroin from an unidentified person.


India    09-Jan-2024

Two wanted drug smugglers, identified as Sandeep Singh alias Soni and Sukhbir Singh alias Gora, were killed, and their accomplice Anmol Preet Singh alias Mola was injured in an encounter between the Special Task Force (STF) team at Talwandi Bhai road near Zira in the Ferozepur district on January 9. The police seized a consignment of heroin and arms from their possession. The incident unfolded when the STF attempted to intercept their car as the smugglers were en route to a drug deal in Zira, and they opened fire at the police. One STF head constable was also injured during the exchange of fire.


India    09-Jan-2024

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on January 9 introduced a dress code for 'granthis' and 'raagis' serving in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple and other gurdwaras. The dress code, in line with Sikh rehat maryada, emphasizes simplicity and traditional attire. SGPC chief Harjinder Singh Dhami stated that the directive aims to address complaints about individuals modifying traditional clothing during 'Gurbani kirtan' performances in gurdwaras, ensuring adherence to Sikh traditions during religious duties.


India    09-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF), in a joint operation with Punjab Police on January 9 recovered a packet containing 515 grams of heroin along with a drone, near Dal village in Tarn Taran. The recovered drone was a quadcopter -Model - DJI Mavic 3 Classic, made in China.


India    09-Jan-2024

According to reports, trade talks between Canada and India remain stalled, prompting the Indo-Canadian chambers of commerce to launch missions aimed at improving economic ties. The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) plans a delegation visit from January 29 to February 9, to bridge the gap and enhance trade relationships.


India    10-Jan-2024

According to sources, India has decided not to resume Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Canada due to unresolved issues related to Khalistani activities.


India    10-Jan-2024

Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and Czech Republic PM Petr Fiala held a bilateral meeting on January 10 during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The leaders discussed various sectors, including automobiles, climate change, and defence, committing to elevating India-Czechia relations in innovative sectors to a Strategic Partnership on Innovation, as stated in a joint statement. Notably, the joint statement did not address the case of Indian national Nikhil Gupta, currently detained in the Czech Republic and accused by United States (US) authorities of involvement in a foiled plot to kill Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.


India    10-Jan-2024

Police on January 10 arrested a woman identified as Usha Rani alias Manjit Kaur, and seized 44.50 grams of heroin from her possession in Ferozepur district. The heroin was recovered from her private parts during a frisking procedure at the jail when she visited her husband, Balwinder Singh.


India    10-Jan-2024

Police on January 10 arrested four highway robbers identified as Satnam Singh, Shiva, Rahul, and Satinder Singh and seized a .32 pistol, over a dozen live cartridges, and two Maruti Brezza cars from their possession in Adampur, Jalandhar district. The gang, hailing from Amritsar district, targeted victims on national highways, committing multiple robberies at gunpoint. Two other members are still on the run.


India    10-Jan-2024

Comrade Joseph alias Darshan Pal, a senior leader of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) involved in the 2020-21 farmers' protest, has been expelled by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) for alleged anti-party and factional activities. The statement from the Maoist outfit also implicates Comrade Sanjeet alias Arjun Prasad Singh, and highlights their connection to the expelled central committee member, Comrade Balraj. The revelation of Darshan Pal's long-standing membership in the banned outfit raises concerns about Naxalism in Punjab.


India    10-Jan-2024

Protesters, including family members of alleged drug smuggler Sandeep Singh, who was killed in an encounter on January 9, blocked the old Talwandi Bhai-Zira Road, accusing the Special Task Force (STF) team of a 'fake' encounter, near Zira in Ferozepur district.


India    10-Jan-2024

In a joint operation, Delhi Police's Crime Branch and Special Cell on January 10 arrested a wanted criminal identified as Pratham Anand alias Tushar, from Zikapur in the Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district of Punjab. Anand had been evading arrest for four years and was a proclaimed offender in 10 cases, with involvement in 30 criminal cases. The arrest was carried out based on intelligence that Anand, associated with the Sanju Meharban gang, was hiding in Zirakpur near Chandigarh.


United States    10-Jan-2024

The United States (US) government, on January 10, opposed providing defense materials to Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national detained in a Czech prison on murder-for-hire charges for the attempted assassination of Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The US government argued that it would share information only after Gupta's appearance in a New York court and arraignment.


India    10-Jan-2024

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on January 10 destroyed 19 kg of seized heroin in Mohali, Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district, Punjab. Eleven cases, including ten heroin and one charas case, were disposed of, with the Border Security Force (BSF) playing a crucial role in the seizures and joint investigations.


Canada    10-Jan-2024

Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on January 10 arrested and charged Sukhwinder Dhanju, a 35-year-old Indo-Canadian truck driver from Brampton, for attempting to smuggle 233 kg of cocaine at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge port of entry, in Niagara-on-the Lake, in Ontario province of Canada, the agencies declared through a press release. Dhanju faces charges of importation of cocaine and possession for trafficking, with a court hearing scheduled for February 2.


India    10-Jan-2024

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on January 10 extended an invitation to Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh for the inauguration of the Ram Temple, scheduled for January 22 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh (UP). The invitation was delivered by representatives of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), to the Takht secretariat.


India    10-Jan-2024

The Mansa chief judicial magistrate expedited the judicial process related to the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala by committing a third supplementary charge sheet to the sessions court within two weeks. The charge sheet was filed by the special investigation team (SIT), which names gangster Sachin Thapan as a key conspirator.


United States    11-Jan-2024

United States (US) District Judge Victor Marrero on January 11 denied a request for defence materials by Indian national Nikhil Gupta, charged in a murder-for-hire plot against Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in New York. The judge cited Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16.1, stating that Gupta has no right to discovery before arraignment. The US government opposed Gupta's motion and pledged to provide discovery upon his appearance in a New York court and arraignment.


India    11-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 11 recovered 470 grams of heroin and a drone from a farming field adjacent to Dhanoe Khurd village in Amritsar district. The recovered drone was a quadcopter, model DJI Mavic 3 Classic, made in China.


India    11-Jan-2024

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on January 11 issued a legal notice to social media platform X for not shutting down a fake account that was spreading hate propaganda against Sikhs. Amanbir Singh Siali, the SGPC's legal advisor, emphasized that such activities violate Indian laws, including the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act. Despite prior communications, the social media platform allegedly refused to take action, prompting the SGPC to escalate the matter legally.


Canada    11-Jan-2024

Police in at least six Canadian cities, including Abbotsford, Surrey, West Vancouver, White Rock, Edmonton, and Peel Region in Ontario, are investigating a series of extortion cases targeting the South Asian community, specifically individuals of Indian origin. The extortion attempts involve demanding CAD 2 million in "protection money" from South Asian business owners, with threats of violence if not paid within a month. The tactics are similar across cities and are potentially linked to Indian gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, accused by the Indian government of terrorist activities and alleged ties to the Khalistani movement.


United States    11-Jan-2024

Indian-designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and his banned terror outfit, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), plan to hold a controversial referendum in San Francisco, United States (US), on January 28. This move has raised concerns about religious discrimination by radical Sikhs. Despite accusations of black operations by India, Canadian and US law enforcement agencies have shown little interest in addressing the defacing of Indian temples by Khalistanis and in preventing insurrection under the guise of dissent. The US Department of Justice has indicted an Indian national in an assassination plot against Pannun, giving rise to suspicions about Pannun's connection to US federal agencies.


India    11-Jan-2024

Members of Qaumi Insaaf Morcha (QIM), comprising radical Sikhs, farmer union leaders, and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) workers, on January 11 organized a massive protest march from Gurdwara Jyoti Swarup Sahib in Patiala and proceeded to Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district in Punjab. The demonstrators, led by 'Panj Piaras,' demanded the immediate release of Sikhs held in jails despite completing their sentences, accusing the Union Government of discriminatory treatment.


India    11-Jan-2024

The Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, in a recent interview, highlighted a contrast between India's relations with the United States (US) and Canada. He stated that the US does not tolerate extremist activities in the name of freedom of speech, unlike Canada. Jaishankar pointed out that the US takes a firmer position on the misuse of freedoms, while Canada has, at times, openly interfered in Indian politics. These comments come amid strained ties with Canada, following accusations by Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau linking India to the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar—a claim dismissed as "absurd" by India. The minister emphasized the impact of Khalistani forces in Canadian politics on bilateral relations.


India    11-Jan-2024

Canada's High Commissioner to India, Cameron Mackay, during a seminar in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, stated on January 11 that despite recent tensions, the strategic interests of India and Canada are "absolutely aligned." Mackay emphasized the continuation of bilateral trade and investment relationships, highlighting that over 100 Indian companies are investing in Canada, and there are 600 Canadian companies present in India. He urged a focus on business-to-business ties, emphasizing that business relations remain unaffected by the diplomatic row between the two countries.


India    11-Jan-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on January 11 conducted a widespread operation targeting the banned terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Lawrence Bishnoi crime syndicate, and other terrorist organizations at 32 locations across five states - Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, and Delhi - as well as the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The operation resulted in the seizure of two pistols, two magazines and ammunition, cash amounting to INR 4.6 lakh, documents, and digital devices. NIA stated that the seized items were used for activities such as bomb explosions, targeted killings, extortions, and terror funding.


India    11-Jan-2024

Police on January 11 arrested two individuals identified as Akashdeep Singh and William Masih and seized 1.5 kg of heroin along with a bike from their possession near Jhanjhoti village in Ajnala tehsil, Amritsar district. Preliminary investigations suggest that the heroin was likely smuggled using a drone from Pakistan, orchestrated by a Netherlands-based drug peddler named Lovely, who has connections to Pakistan-based smugglers. Lovely's involvement in the illegal drug trade is being reported for the first time, and further investigations are underway to arrest their accomplice Najar Masih alias Naja.


India    12-Jan-2024

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers investigating a human smuggling case, in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on January 12 revealed that agents instructed Punjabi immigrants to claim asylum as Khalistan supporters in the United States (US), exploiting their opposition to the Indian state. Gujaratis were advised to use various stories, such as political persecution due to Congress or Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) affiliation, or by citing inter-caste marriage and family feuds. Fourteen agents, including Joginder alias Jaggi Paji, Salim Dubai, and others, were booked for human smuggling, evidence destruction, and criminal conspiracy. The chartered flight, grounded in France for suspected trafficking, aimed to send individuals from North Gujarat and northern India to Mexico, with plans to cross into the US.


India    12-Jan-2024

Khalistani terrorist and chief of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, stated his plans to initiate Khalistan voter registration in India via a video message. He allocated USD 1 million for promotion in New Delhi ahead of the 75th Republic Day. Pannun also expressed his aim to raise the Khalistan flag on January 26, referring to it as "D-Day" in Delhi. He criticized French President Emmanuel Macron, the Republic Day Chief Guest, accusing him of aiding Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi. Previously, Pannun had called for airport shutdowns and urged Muslims to oppose the Ram Temple ceremony.


India    12-Jan-2024

The Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) of the Punjab Police, in a joint operation with central agencies, on January 12 arrested a key operative of Pakistan-based terrorist Harvinder Singh alias Rinda and United States (US)-based Harpreet Singh alias Happy Passia, identified as Kailash Khichan and seized one .30 calibre Chinese pistol along with eight cartridges from his possession, from Lohawat village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. Khichan had been wanted in a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) since September 2023. He has a criminal history that includes extortion, violations of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, and Arms Act violations in Punjab and Rajasthan. The arrest followed investigations that revealed Khichan's role in supplying weapons to associates of the Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalistan International (BKI) under the direction of terrorist Rinda.


United States    12-Jan-2024

In the last two weeks, two Hindu temples in the Bay Area, California, United States (US), were vandalized in what is being investigated as hate crimes. The incidents involved spray-painting anti-India graffiti with Khalistan slogans, indicating a connection to the long-standing conflict between Khalistan movement supporters and the Indian government. This resurgence of Khalistani extremism in the diaspora, particularly in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom (UK), has led the Indian government to take the threat more seriously.


United States    13-Jan-2024

According to sources, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has shared its findings with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding the March 2023 attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, United States (US). The NIA provided information on the nexus between terrorists and organized criminal syndicates. Currently, the FBI is aggressively investigating the case. In September 2023, the NIA released photos of 10 individuals wanted for the attack. The incident involved pro-Khalistan entities illegally entering the consulate premises, attempting to set it afire, and assaulting officials.


United Kingdom    13-Jan-2024

According to reports, British Sikh activist Kaldip Singh Lehal alias Deepa Singh, was detained at Gatwick Airport in London, United Kingdom (UK), under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act on December 25, 2023. He claimed that he was targeted for his activism. Singh, who had previously faced home raids in 2018, alleged the suppression of voices critical of UK-India collusion in Sikh repression. Counter Terrorism Policing South East confirmed the stop but didn't disclose details or confirm Singh's identity.


United States    13-Jan-2024

According to reports, several Khalistani organizations, including Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), World Sikh Parliament (WSP), and Sikh Youth for America, are actively promoting the demand for a separate Punjab while operating from the United States (US). SFJ, a banned Khalistani terror outfit led by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a known Khalistani terrorist, plans to hold a referendum on Khalistan in San Francisco, US, on January 28, potentially straining India-U.S. relations. SFJ's anti-Indian campaign has faced bans in India for supporting separatism. Many Gurudwaras in California, home to over 250,000 Sikhs, are reportedly influenced by Khalistan supporters, raising concerns about extremism and violence. The Hudson Institute, a US think tank, has called for investigations into Khalistan-related activities within America.


India    13-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police, during a joint search operation on January 13 recovered a packet containing 672 grams of heroin from a farming field adjacent to Dal village in Tarn Taran district.


India    13-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police on January 13, during a joint search operation recovered a drone from a farming field adjacent to Rajoke village in Tarn Taran district. The recovered drone was a DJI Mavic 3 Classic, a Quadcopter model made in China.


India    13-Jan-2024

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) staff of the police on January 13 arrested an individual identified as Gurbhinder Singh and seized 300 grams of opium from his possession, in Abohar in Fazilka district.


India    13-Jan-2024

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) staff of the police on January 13 arrested an individual identified as Karaj Singh and Gurpreet Singh, and seized 21 grams of heroin from his possession, in Abohar in Fazilka district.


India    13-Jan-2024

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) Patiala unit conducted a meeting on January 13 at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, chaired by SKM leader Davinder Singh Punia in Patiala district. During the meeting, they announced their decision to organize a tractor march on January 26 in Patiala, Samana, Pataran, Nabha, and Rajpura to commemorate the anniversary of the Kisan March in Delhi. The leaders criticized the central government's alleged false propaganda against Kisan leader Dr. Darsanpal, vowing a suitable response during the tractor rally.


India    14-Jan-2024

According to sources, Gujrat Police have booked 14 agents involved in the alleged human trafficking to Nicaragua in connection with the ongoing investigation into the grounded chartered flight carrying 303 Indians in France. Reportedly, these agents advised Indians to pose as Khalistanis seeking asylum. Passengers were instructed to keep videos of Khalistani extremist Amritpal Singh’s crackdown, news articles on internet suspension, and detentions to support their asylum claims.


United Kingdom    14-Jan-2024

According to sources, Sikhs living in the United Kingdom (UK) have reportedly received Osman notices, in which West Midlands police warn of a 'threat to life' against them, amid heightened tensions over the separatist movement in India. The warning follows calls for a deeper investigation into the sudden death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda in Birmingham, UK, in June 2023. Sikh leaders in Britain cautioned that the Indian government is suppressing dissent within the diaspora.


Canada    14-Jan-2024

Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Marc Miller revealed in an interview with CTV News that the Canadian government is contemplating capping the number of international students due to a 'disconcerting' housing crisis. Miller expressed concern about the current volume, which stands at around 900,000 international students, including a significant number of Sikh and Indian students. He emphasized that this issue requires a conversation with provinces to effectively manage the influx. India, a major source of international students in Canada, particularly Sikhs, is facing increasing financial requirements and potential caps. This development may impact the trend of Indian students seeking higher education and jobs in Canada.


India    14-Jan-2024

The Nawanshahr police, on January 14, arrested seven members of an 11-member inter-state gang of drug peddlers and thieves and seized six motorcycles, five cars, gold, and various stolen gadgets from their possession in Jalandhar district. The gang targeted secluded homes, gyms, and vehicles parked outside homes during the night. The police had previously arrested four other members of the gang, identified as Sonu Chaurasia, Ramandeep Minhas alias Rammi, Ravi Kumar, and Dalveer Singh, with 300 grams of heroin in their possession.


India    14-Jan-2024

Awan Kumar Khullar alias Sonu Cheema, the sarpanch (head of the Panchayat, village level local self-Government institution) of Adda Chabal village, was shot dead in broad daylight in Tarn Taran district on January 14. The assailant believed to be the Germany-based gangster Amritpal Singh Batth, shot Sonu Cheema while he was getting a shave. The gangster has around 18 criminal cases registered against him.


India    14-Jan-2024

Amritsar (Rural) police on January 14 recovered 5 kg of heroin and a tractor from Ranian village in the Amritsar district. Acting on a tip-off, the police conducted a raid at the residence of Jagdeep Singh alias Hira, who had been implicated in cross-border drug trafficking by sources. Reportedly, he was smuggling heroin on his tractor. Though Hira managed to slip away during the raid, the police successfully recovered the heroin and impounded his tractor.


India    14-Jan-2024

Police on January 14 arrested the right-hand man of the notorious gangster Harpreet Singh alias Happy Jatt and the prime suspect in the Jandiala Guru double murder, identified as Sahil and seized 3 kg of heroin, a .45 bore pistol with four live cartridges, and a .32 bore pistol with five live bullets from his possession in Jandiala Guru in Amritsar district. Earlier, two other individuals, Rahul and Gagandeep Singh, alias Gagan Haddi, were arrested in connection with the murders. Ongoing investigations aim to uncover their criminal links.


India    14-Jan-2024

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat, in her memoir, revealed that in the 1980s, CPI(M) leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet had warned of Sikh extremists finding support in Canada. He had also emphasized the need for political solutions to address genuine demands in Punjab, criticized the Congress party's role, and highlighted the danger of communal sentiments fuelled by the Hindu Suraksha Samiti, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed platform. Brinda Karat also recounted instances where the party, led by Surjeet, stood against violence, protecting Sikh families and homes from retaliation in the aftermath of Prime Minister (PM) Indira Gandhi's death.


India    15-Jan-2024

According to sources, security measures at temples in Punjab, including the Golden Temple in Amritsar, have been significantly heightened in response to undisclosed potential threats. Law enforcement agencies, without specifying the nature of the threats, have increased personnel and vigilance to protect culturally significant landmarks. Notably, AI-powered security measures such as JARVIS technology are being used to fortify the security services. Recent incidents, including the recovery of Chinese-made drones near Amritsar, Punjab, underscore the urgency and importance of proactive security measures to ensure the safety of these places of worship.


India    15-Jan-2024

Punjab Police on January 15 registered two First Information Reports (FIRs) against travel agent Tarsem Singh in connection with the 'donkey flight,' which carried nearly 200 Punjabis bound for Nicaragua. Complainant Kanwarman Singh alleged that Tarsem defrauded him on the pretext of sending him to the United States (US), while Damanpreet Singh claimed that Tarsem promised a route to the US in exchange for INR 42 lakhs. Authorities are urging more victims to come forward, with the aim of apprehending Tarsem Singh and dismantling the immigration nexus.


India    15-Jan-2024

Police, on January 15, solved a theft case involving the theft of 16 weapons from Chanchal Gun House near the DC office in Sangrur, Punjab, by arresting five persons identified as Pavandeep Singh alias Pamma, Malwinder Singh, Sandeep Singh alias Giani, Amandeep Singh alias Aman, and Gurmeet Singh from Todarpur village in Mansa district. The police seized 14 weapons—five pistols, five revolvers, three guns, and a rifle—along with 30 cartridges, a motorcycle, an electrical cutter, a hammer, and a rod from their possession. Two guns are yet to be recovered. Among those arrested, Pavandeep Singh had a criminal record with nine prior cases, while three of the accused were in Nihangs' attire during the crime.


India    15-Jan-2024

The Bathinda police on January 15 arrested two persons, identified as Sukhdev Singh and Surjit Singh and seized 22 quintals of poppy husk from their possession near the ring road in Bathinda district. The poppy husk was brought by them from Kota, Rajasthan.


India    15-Jan-2024

According to sources, the Indian Army is set to enhance its border surveillance in Punjab by deploying indigenous Drishti-10 medium-altitude, long-endurance drones. Manufactured by Adani Defence, the Army has ordered two of these drones under emergency provisions, requiring over 60% indigenization. The deployment aims to bolster monitoring capabilities across the Punjab sector, covering a vast area, including the desert region and areas to the north. The drones are expected to be inducted within the next two to three months.


India    15-Jan-2024

On January 15, a Nihang Sikh, Ramandeep Singh killed a young man, claiming sacrilege as the motive, at the Chaura Khooh gurdwara in Phagwara town in Kapurthala district in Punjab. Singh posted a video on social media platforms, taking responsibility and asserting that the victim confessed to committing sacrilege. This incident follows a previous violent episode involving Nihang Sikhs in November 2023, where a policeman was killed during a dispute at another gurdwara in Kapurthala. Nihangs, recognized by their blue robes and weapons, have been linked to various killings, often associated with sacrilege.


India    15-Jan-2024

Gurmail Kaur, the wife of former Akal Takht acting Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke, filed a complaint with Jagraon police in Ludhiana district on January 15, demanding the registration of a criminal case against 21 police personnel, including two former Directors General of Police (DGPs), for her husband's alleged murder in 1992. Gurmail Kaur claims that Gurdev Singh was unlawfully taken into custody on December 25, 1992, and was subsequently killed by the Jagraon police. She alleges that her husband was kidnapped, never formally arrested or produced in court, and questions the role of senior police officials in shielding the responsible officers.


Italy    16-Jan-2024

Gurpal Singh, the coordinator of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in Italy and a close associate of SFJ chief and Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, claims to have received a direct threat on January 16 from Indian state agents warning him to cease Khalistan advocacy or face consequences in Rome, Italy. Singh alleges the involvement of individuals linked to the Indian High Commissioner in Rome in setting up a spy network in Italy. He filed a complaint with Italian law enforcement on January 18 and remains steadfast in organizing the Khalistan Freedom rally in front of the Indian Embassy in Rome on January 26, the Indian Republic Day.


India    16-Jan-2024

Punjab Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President, Sunil Jakhar, on January 16, urged External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, via a post on the social media site X, to prompt the United States (US) administration to take action against Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who had threatened Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann and Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav. Jakhar emphasized the need for swift US action to maintain credibility and friendships.


India    16-Jan-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on January 16 filed a charge sheet against five individuals identified as 'designated individual terrorists': Lakhbir Singh Rode alias Baba, Ranjot alias Rana, Taranjot Singh alias Tanna, Gurjit Singh alias Paa, and Pakistan-based smuggler Rehmat Ali alias Miyan, in a case pertains to the cross-border smuggling of arms into Punjab via drones, at the NIA special court in Mohali, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (SAS) district. The charge sheet revealed connections between members of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and individuals in Pakistan. The investigation uncovered plans for targeted killings, extortion, and fundraising for banned organizations such as KLF and the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF).


India    16-Jan-2024

The police on January 16 brought Charat Singh on production warrants from Hoshiarpur jail to Faridkot in the Faridkot district, in relation to a drugs and arms smuggling case. Charat is an accused in the May 2022 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali, Punjab. He was arrested in October 2022 in a joint operation with the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). The police had nominated Charat and his associate, Nishan Singh, in a case involving four other individuals identified as Kuldeep Singh alias Keepa, Sukhchain Singh, Sukhmander Singh, and Sewak Singh. They were arrested for smuggling, arms possession, and links to the escaped gangster Gurpreet Singh Sekhon. Charat, who was initially serving a life sentence, provided support to the RPG attackers and was on parole during the incident.


India    16-Jan-2024

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia on January 16, appeared before the Punjab Police's Special Investigation Team (SIT) for questioning in a drug case, in Patiala in Patiala district.


India    16-Jan-2024

Slogans supporting Khalistan, linked to Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun's Republic Day threats, were discovered on the walls of Chander Vihar area in West Delhi on January 16. The graffiti read 'SFJ, January 26, Khalistan.’ Later, Delhi Police removed the slogans and filed a case. Pannun had also warned of hoisting the Khalistani flag on January 26, urging sympathizers of the banned terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) to write slogans calling for a referendum and voting for a separate Khalistan. Before Republic Day and Independence Day, SFJ’s sleeper cells were reportedly linked to such activities.


India    16-Jan-2024

Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun issued a threat on January 16 to Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann and Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav, urging gangsters to join the banned outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and disrupt Republic Day events, preventing Mann from hoisting the national flag. The threat was delivered via a video message sent by email to some journalists. Pannun compared CM Mann to the late assassinated CM Beant Singh and Yadav to the assassinated officer Gobind Ram. Additionally, Pannun issued threats to Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, daring him to attend Republic Day without security. He also called for a referendum on Khalistan.


India    16-Jan-2024

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court clarified on January 16 that being recognized as a Sikh doesn't require having "Singh" or "Kour" as surnames, dismissing a petition challenging the District Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee elections in Akhnoor, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. The petitioner contested the inclusion of non-Sikh voters on the rolls who didn't have these surnames, citing a violation of rules defining a Sikh by belief and appearance. The court upheld the appellate authority's decision, stating that the petitioner's claims contradicted legal definitions.


India    17-Jan-2024

The Crime Branch of Chandigarh Police on January 17 arrested Gagandeep Singh alias Gagan, a notorious and wanted criminal associated with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang and seized a revolver from his possession in Sector 36 in Chandigarh. Gagandeep has a criminal record with over 21 cases, including murder, attempted murder, dacoity, theft, extortion, and Arms Act violations in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh.


India    17-Jan-2024

On January 17, a group of Sikhs led by Gurcharan Singh Babbar, president of the All India Sikh Conference (AISC), was detained at Kulhal border in Uttarakhand while en route to Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar to reclaim the demolished historical Gurdwara Gyan Godri Sahib. The AISC had called for Sikhs worldwide to converge on January 17 to reclaim the Gurdwara and 25 acres of Nanakwara land on the Parkash Purb of Guru Gobind Singh. The Uttarakhand administration, citing a lack of permission, stopped the convoy and detained the individuals, prompting their return. The AISC plans to revisit Uttarakhand to reclaim the historical site.


Canada    17-Jan-2024

According to a Reuters report that quoted Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller, the issuance of study permits by Canada to Indian students sharply declined in 2023 due to diplomatic tensions over the killing of Khalistan terrorist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. The strained relations led to Canada ejecting Canadian diplomats processing permits, and fewer Indian students applied amidst the dispute. Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller cited a halved processing ability, stating that the diplomatic relationship poses challenges and may not improve soon. The conflict resulted in an 86% drop in study permits issued to Indians in the fourth quarter of 2023, falling from 108,940 to 14,910.


India    17-Jan-2024

A special court in Mohali declared Lakhbir Singh Landa, chief of the banned Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), an absconder, and ordered the confiscation of his associates' properties, in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. Landa faces charges of sedition, conspiracy, and unlawful activities. Designated a terrorist by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), he is accused of orchestrating terror attacks in India, including the 2018 grenade blast in Amritsar, Punjab. Landa is also associated with the Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and has been hiding in Canada since 2017. He was involved in RPG attacks on the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters and the Sarhali police station in Punjab and is deemed the mastermind in various terrorism cases.


India    17-Jan-2024

A member of the Sikh Nihang sect, Ramandeep Singh, was sent to a week-long police remand by a court for allegedly killing a youth at Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi Chaura Khooh in Phagwara, Kapurthala district. Singh had claimed that the victim intended to commit desecration, but preliminary investigations found no evidence of such an incident. The victim remains unidentified, and no one has claimed the body. Ramandeep Singh faces charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 304 (culpable homicide) and section 295A (outraging religious feelings), with the possibility of further charges pending investigation.


India    17-Jan-2024

Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann on January 17 responded to veiled threats from designated Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, stating that such intimidation won't deter him from ensuring peace and prosperity in the state while speaking at Municipal Bhawan in Chandigarh. He attributed the threats to the government's zero-tolerance policy against anti-Punjab forces and vowed to bring the masterminds hiding abroad to justice. Pannun, designated as a terrorist in 2020, had urged gangsters to join his banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and disrupt Republic Day events.


Canada    17-Jan-2024

According to reports, Canadian mayors Patrick Brown of Brampton and Brenda Locke of Surrey have urged Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau to implement a coordinated, multi-jurisdictional strategy addressing the increasing extortion threats towards businesses, particularly targeting South Asians in Canada. In a letter to the federal minister of public safety, Jean-Sebastien Comeau, the mayors expressed deep concern and emphasized the need for a unified response involving multiple jurisdictions. Recent reports suggest links between extortion attempts and violent acts in their provinces, prompting the mayors to call for federal intervention and collaboration with law enforcement agencies, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).


India    17-Jan-2024

The Special Task Force (STF) of Ludhiana range on January 17 arrested three men identified as Davinder Singh alias Lovepreet, Dharminder Singh and Iqbal Singh alias Bunty, and seized 1.07 kg of heroin and a .32-bore illegal pistol, an electronic weighing machine, and live cartridges from their possession, in Singhpura Munana village in Moga district. The STF seized 515 grams of heroin, the electronic weighing machine and 20 pouches from possession of Davinder, 290 grams of heroin from Dharminder, and 265 grams of heroin and a .32-bore pistol from Iqbal.


United Kingdom    18-Jan-2024

According to reports, a cross-party group of United Kingdom (UK) Members of Parliament, including Labour MPs Preet Kaur Gill, Afzal Khan, and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi; Conservative Caroline Nokes; and SNP's Kirsten Oswald and Martin Docherty-Hughes, have urgently requested a meeting with Security Minister Tom Tugendhat via a letter. The request follows reports of "threat to life warnings" given to British Sikhs amid rising concerns about their treatment globally by the Indian government. The letter cites instances such as the alleged extrajudicial killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada and a plot to assassinate another Khalistani terrorist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, in the United States (US). The MPs seek reassurance and discuss measures to protect the British Sikh community from unlawful threats.


India    18-Jan-2024

Amid heightened preparations for Republic Day in Delhi, pro-Khalistan slogans that read 'SFJ, January 26, Khalistan' were discovered on a pillar in the Nihal Vihar area of West Delhi. Delhi Police and other security agencies are on high alert, intensifying security measures for the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.


India    18-Jan-2024

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath on January 18 received a threat from Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the chief of the banned Khalistani terrorist organization Sikh For Justice (SFJ), following the arrest of three individuals ahead of the Ram Temple ceremony in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Pannun issued a threatening voice message, accusing the police of torturing two pro-Khalistan youths and filing false cases against them. The recorded message warns of an SFJ response on January 22, coinciding with the Ram Temple ceremony in Ayodhya. Security agencies are on high alert and actively investigating the matter.


India    18-Jan-2024

The Special Task Force (STF) on January 18 arrested Sukhwant Singh, a drug peddler, and seized 7 kg of heroin from his possession in Chakk Bajiada village in Ferozepur district. Sukhwant had connections with cross-border smugglers and had previously received heroin from Pakistan.


India    18-Jan-2024

Uttar Pradesh (UP) Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), on January 18, arrested three members of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), identified as Shankar Dussad alias Shankar Jajod, Ajit Kumar Sharma, and Pradeep Puniya, in Ayodhya, UP. Dussad, a former gangster, had forged Khalistan ties while in Bikaner Jail. He was in touch with Khalistan leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun through another Canada-based arms smuggler, Lakhbir Singh Sandhu alias Landa. According to the police, Khalistan leaders had instructed Dussad to visit Ayodhya and prepare a map of the site. The police have intensified security measures in Ayodhya ahead of the event.


India    19-Jan-2024

Slogans and pro-Khalistan graffiti were found on the boundary wall of a school in the Uttam Nagar area of West Delhi on January 19, prompting a police investigation. Similar graffiti had earlier appeared in Nihal Vihar in West Delhi. These incidents occurred ahead of Republic Day, with Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun threatening to hoist the Khalistani flag in Delhi on January 26.


Italy    19-Jan-2024

Gurpal Singh, a Pro-Khalistan activist and coordinator for the Khalistani terror outfit Sikh For Justice (SFJ), plans to organize a Khalistan Freedom Rally on January 26 in Rome, Italy. Singh recently reported receiving a threatening call, allegedly from individuals linked to the Indian High Commissioner in Italy, warning him to stay home with his children and cease advocating for the Khalistan Referendum.


Czech Republic    19-Jan-2024

A Czech appeals court in Prague, Czech Republic, has approved the extradition of Indian national Nikhil Gupta, accused of orchestrating an unsuccessful plot to kill Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on United States (US) soil, to the US. The US Department of Justice indicted Gupta in November 2023, alleging that he paid an undercover agent for the assassination attempt, funded by an Indian government agency. While the Czech High Court dismissed the idea of direct government involvement, it approved extradition. Gupta's lawyers plan to appeal to the Czech Constitutional Court.


India    19-Jan-2024

According to sources, based on intelligence inputs, the Border Security Force (BSF) has issued a two-week security alert for its troopers deployed on the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat, ahead of Republic Day celebrations. The alert, part of 'Operation Shard Hawa,' aims to thwart potential infiltration and terrorist attacks. Intelligence inputs suggest six types of threats, with reports indicating active support from Pakistan Rangers and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for infiltration attempts from launch pads like 'Masroor Bada Bhai.' Additionally, it is reported that Pakistan-based terrorists are using drones to transport China-made weapons and drugs into Indian border areas.


India    19-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF), during a search operation on January 19 recovered three packets containing approximately 3 kg of heroin from a farming field near Jhugge Lal Singh village in the Ferozepur district.


India    19-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 19 arrested two unidentified individuals and seized 530 grams of heroin along with two motorcycles during a frisking operation near the International Border (IB) in the Amritsar sector of Amritsar district. The individuals, who had crossed the border fence for farming, were found with two large packages and a smaller packet concealed in slippers. This incident highlights the ongoing efforts to combat drug smuggling along the border.


India    19-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 19 recovered a China-made drone from fields near Amishah village in Tarn Taran district.


India    19-Jan-2024

The Qaumi Insaaf Morcha has declared a protest at 13 toll plazas in Punjab, scheduled for three hours on January 20. They plan to take control of the plazas from 11 am to 2 pm, making them free for all commuters, in demand for the release of Sikh political prisoners known as 'Bandi Singhs.


India    19-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 19 recovered one AK-47 assault rifle, two magazines,40 cartridges and INR 40,000 cash, from fields near India-Pakistan border in Lakha Singh Wala Hithar village in Ferozepur district.


India    19-Jan-2024

The State Special Operating Cell (SSOC) of Punjab Police on January 19 arrested three associates of Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, identified as Jagdish Singh, Manjeet Singh, and Davinder Singh, in Rajpura in Patiala district. SSOC traced transactions ranging from INR 25,000 to INR 50,000, intended for pro-Khalistan activities on social media and public places.


India    20-Jan-2024

On January 20, Gangster Jagdeep Singh alias Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, who is implicated in the Sidhu Moose Wala murder case, was transferred to Bathinda jail in Bathinda district,along with seven associates, nearly two weeks after he was booked for breaking an LED TV in Kapurthala jail. The move was part of an exchange program aimed at separating Bhagwanpuria from the rival Bambiha gang. As part of the exchange, five Bambiha gang members were brought to Kapurthala jail. Bhagwanpuria, expressing concerns about his safety in Bathinda jail, filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The transfer was cited as an administrative decision by the Kapurthala jail authorities.


United States    20-Jan-2024

Ritesh Tandon, the Democratic candidate running for election to the United States (US) House to represent California's 17th Congressional District, claimed on January 20 via a post on the social media site X that multiple temple vandalizations had taken place in the past two weeks in the US. He also criticized Senator Aisha Wahab for alleged inaction and suggested a recall. Despite Wahab condemning the attacks, Tandon organized a protest at her office, noting its closure during office hours and questioning the use of tax dollars. Recent incidents include pro-Khalistan graffiti on a Hindu temple in Hayward and anti-India graffiti on the Swaminarayan temple in Newark, California, US.


India    20-Jan-2024

Police on January 20 arrested six criminals identified as Kanwaljit Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Many Singh, Balraj Singh, Mehtab Singh and a Darjeeling-based woman Pema Doma Bhutia, and seized nine pistols and INR 15,000 drug money from their possession, at Pathankot-Gurdaspur Road near Paniyar Sugar Mill in Gurdaspur district.


India    20-Jan-2024

The Sadar police on January 20 arrested two drug peddlers identified as Gurjit Singh and Jagdev Singh, and seized 3 kg of heroin along with INR 78,000 in drug money, and 4 mobile phones from their possession, in Sadar in Mansa district.


India    20-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) has deployed troops from the 66th Battalion in the Fazilka sector in Punjab, to enhance security along the International Border (IB). Despite challenging weather conditions, including dense fog and temperatures dropping to 5 degrees Celsius, the troops are conducting thorough night-time checks to prevent anti-national activities.


India    20-Jan-2024

Khalistani terrorist Gurupatwant Singh Pannun on January 20 issued a video message, threatening 'political death' to Delhi and Punjab Chief Ministers (CMs) Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, respectively, unless his three associates - Jagdish Singh, Manjeet Singh, and Davinder Singh, who were arrested by the Punjab Police - are released by February 15. Pannun also accused Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann of accepting USD 6 million in donations from Khalistan supporters. The three arrested men disclosed to the police that Pannun had instructed them to raise the Khalistan flag and spray pro-Khalistan graffiti on walls ahead of Republic Day. Threatening to assassinate Mann, Pannun said that “hands that hold the Khalistan flag will not shy away from holding rocket launchers”.


India    20-Jan-2024

According to reports, the radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa has written to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing disappointment over his participation as the chief guest in India’s Republic Day celebrations. The letter urges Macron to engage in discussions with Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on issues such as transnational targeted killings of Sikhs, equal prisoner norms, human rights, and the right to self-determination. The letter also mentions the murder of Canadian Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar and opposes France's endorsement of India's UN Security Council membership bid.


India    21-Jan-2024

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh on January 21 stated that he finds Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann guilty of religious misconduct in the police firing incident at Gurdwara Akal Bunga Chaoni Nihang Singha on November 23, 2023. The Jathedar stated that the police entry into the Gurudwara, wearing shoes, and the subsequent use of force violated the Sikh code of conduct (maryada), causing harm to religious sentiments without provocation.


India    21-Jan-2024

The Narcotics Wing of the Police on January 21 attached the assets of a woman drug trafficker, Raj Rani, in Govind Nagari, Jalalabad, in Fazilka district. Rani faces cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on February 26, 2014, August 15, 2015, and May 24, 2016.


India    21-Jan-2024

According to intelligence sources, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the chief of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) is planning an attack on January 22 to sabotage the Ayodhya Ram Temple pran pratishtha (consecration) ceremony in Uttar Pradesh (UP), as revealed in an audio clip accessed by CNN-News18. In the audio, Pannun guides two individuals to target an important place in UP during the Ayodhya event. Intelligence sources indicate that the evidence will be shared with the United States (US) and Canada.


India    21-Jan-2024

The Jalandhar Commissionerate of Police on January 21 arrested two members of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, identified as Nitin and Ashish and seized two .30 bore pistols, ammunition, and their car during a crossfire near Nakodar Road in Jalandhar district.


India    22-Jan-2024

Police on January 22 arrested two drug peddlers, identified as Gurmej Singh alias Bittu, and Gurpreet Singh alias Gora and seized 600 gm of heroin from their possession, in Jalalabad in Fazilka district.


India    22-Jan-2024

Police on January 22 arrested a person identified as Jagdish Parsad and seized 400 gm of opium from his possession in Fazilka in Fazilka district.


India    22-Jan-2024

Police on January 22 arrested two persons identified as Aman and Rahul and seized 20 gm of heroin from their possession, in Arya Nagar in Fazilka in Fazilka district.


India    22-Jan-2024

Khalistan terrorist and the chief of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on January 22 issued a threat via a video to target Hindu temples in India following the consecration of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya. Pannun vowed to damage the Durgana pilgrimage site in Amritsar, Punjab, and target Haridwar and Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh (MP) after the so-called Khalistan referendum, which is set to take place on January 26.


India    22-Jan-2024

According to reports, the West's silence on Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun's recent death threats against the Chief Ministers (CMs) of Delhi and Punjab raises concerns about the tolerance of terrorism. Pannun has a history of violent rhetoric, including calls for attacks on Air India flights and the Indian Parliament. While free speech is valued, the international community's failure to condemn Pannun's actions undermines the global commitment to combating terrorism and threatens regional stability. It is urged that the West break its silence and unequivocally denounce Pannun's threats to prevent potential tragic consequences.


India    22-Jan-2024

Police on January 22 arrested an individual identified as Ramjeet and seized 37,000 prohibited intoxicating tablets from his possession in Balbir Basti in Faridkot district. Police are currently conducting an ongoing search for the other two individuals involved. This case highlights the use of courier services by drug traffickers, prompting authorities to alert all courier companies in the area. The tablets were dispatched from Karnal, Haryana, using fake names and addresses, revealing a concerning trend in drug distribution.


India    22-Jan-2024

A Pakistani national, who inadvertently crossed into India on January 22 near Kakkar village in Amritsar district, Punjab, was handed over to Pakistan Rangers by the Border Security Force (BSF) on January 23. The individual had nothing objectionable in possession, and the incident was determined to be an unintentional border crossing.


India    23-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 23 recovered a drone near the International Border (IB), on the outskirts of Dal village in Tarn Taran district. The drone was a Quadcopter made in China (Model - DJI Mavic 3 Classic).


India    23-Jan-2024

Punjab Police Inspector General of Police (IGP) Headquarters, Dr. Sukhchain Singh Gill, stated on January 23, while addressing the audience at Punjab Police headquarters in Chandigarh, that in the past week, they have successfully arrested 141 drug smugglers, including 31 major players. This has resulted in the recovery of 19.4 kg of heroin, 8.3 kg of opium, 25.23 quintals of poppy husk, and 4,201 tablets/capsules. Additionally, Dr. Gill highlighted that the total arrests in the ongoing drive against Proclaimed Offenders (POs)/Absconders have reached 1,260 since July 5, 2022. Notably, the disposal of confiscated items under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act includes 523 kg of heroin, 79.92 quintals of poppy husk, 298 kg of ganja, and 17.57 lakh narcotic pills/capsules through burning. Punjab Police has successfully forfeited properties worth INR 111 crores, with 9 more proposals pending. The Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) has played a crucial role in busting 312 criminal modules, leading to the arrest of 951 individuals and the neutralization of 10. This effort has also resulted in the seizure of 963 weapons and 208 vehicles used in criminal activities.


India    23-Jan-2024

Punjab Police, on January 23, booked the chief of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, on charges of promoting religious enmity at the Sultanwind police station in Amritsar district. The First Information Report (FIR) was filed based on a social media video in which Pannun claimed that the Shri Durgiana Mandir had no historical significance in Hinduism. He also warned the temple management to hand over the keys to the Golden Temple. Pannun made these remarks while Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi consecrated the Ram Lalla idol in Ayodhya. Pannun faces charges under sections 153A, 153B, and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the IT Act.


Canada    23-Jan-2024

Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller stated that Canada has decided to implement a two-year cap on new international student visas, with a 35% reduction in study visas for 2024, aiming to address housing issues and target problematic institutions in Canada. Miller mentioned that the cap, which affects Indian students who consider Canada a preferred destination, is a response to concerns about non-permanent residents impacting the housing crisis. The move also targets institutions offering questionable degrees, and provinces will decide permit distribution among universities. Changes to post-graduation work permits have been introduced, affecting certain programs and providing open work permits for spouses of master's and doctoral students.


India    23-Jan-2024

According to sources, the Delhi government, led by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has rejected the early release plea of 1993 Delhi blasts convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar. In response, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal criticized the Punjab government led by AAP and Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal, stating that the denial added to the distress of the Sikh community.


United Kingdom    23-Jan-2024

According to sources, Human Rights barrister Michael Polak, who was involved in both the Litvinenko case and the death of Khalistani terrorist Avtar Singh Khanda in Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK), has urged the UK Home Secretary to investigate Khanda's sudden demise. While West Midlands Police cited acute myeloid leukaemia as the cause of death, Polak suspects foul play, pointing to alleged negligence in the police investigation. Khanda, a supporter of the Khalistan movement, faced threats from Indian security services, leading to suspicions of potential poisoning linked to his activism. The family was denied access to the body, and a RAW agent allegedly left the UK after Khanda's death. West Midlands Police maintains it was a natural death.


India    23-Jan-2024

The Jathedar of Akal Takht, Giani Raghbir Singh, on January 23 criticized the Delhi government for the seventh rejection of the release application of Sikh activist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar. Singh stated that the repeated rejections by the 'Sentence Review Board' indicate a discriminatory attitude towards Sikhs, causing alienation. He emphasized that such behaviour undermines democracy, as politicians who once advocated justice for Sikhs now perpetuate injustice, potentially fuelling separatist sentiments among Sikhs.


India    23-Jan-2024

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the chief of the banned Khalistani terrorist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), threatened to kill Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann and DGP Gaurav Yadav on January 26, Republic Day, prompting the police to review security at the Republic Day function venue, Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana district. The police are monitoring individuals with criminal records or Khalistani ideology and may detain them ahead of Republic Day.


India    23-Jan-2024

In light of the death threats issued by Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun to Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann, the Punjab Police have intensified security measures across the state, including Patiala, where Governor Banwarilal Purohit will lead the state-level Republic Day event on January 26 and unfurl the National Flag. The deployed police force consists of around 20,000 personnel for Republic Day celebrations across the state.


India    23-Jan-2024

Sukhchain Gill, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for Punjab, on January 23 announced that drug addicts are utilizing Section 64A of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, with 282 individuals undergoing treatment and rehabilitation within 20 days of its enforcement. The state's three-pronged strategy focuses on enforcement, prevention, and rehabilitation to combat drug abuse. Gill also stated that in the past week, the police arrested 141 drug smugglers and recovered 19.4 kg of heroin, 8.3 kg of opium, 25.23 quintals of poppy husk, 4,201 tablets, injections, and vials of pharma opioids, along with INR 1.40 lakh in cash from them.


India    23-Jan-2024

Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) of Punjab Police on January 23 arrested two drug smugglers identified as Gurpreet Singh and Aakashdeep Singh and seized 1.5 kg of heroin from their possession, in Maste ke village in Ferozepur district.


India    23-Jan-2024

The police on January 23 arrested a drug smuggler identified as Novpreet Singh and seized 1.3 kg of heroin, an Australia-made Glock pistol, a country-made pistol with 20 cartridges, INR 1.07 lakh in drug money, and a Thar vehicle (PB-10 BW-6363) from his possession, at the national highway near Bath crossing, close to Bath village in Tarn Taran district.


India    24-Jan-2024

The Special Cell of Delhi Police on January 24 arrested a sharpshooter from the Tillu Tajpuriya gang, identified as Shivam alias Nitesh alias Bhoomi, near Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar in North Delhi district. During the arrest, Shivam attempted to fire at the police. He had been planning to form his own gang for cash robberies in Delhi-NCR, procuring firearms in the process. Shivam had previously been involved in a gang war and various criminal activities, including robbery and extortion.


India    24-Jan-2024

On January 24, the Kapurthala Police announced that Ramandeep Mangumath, a Nihang Sikh arrested for killing Vishal Kapoor at Gurdwara Chhevi Patshahi in Phagwara in Kapurthala district, Punjab, now faces murder charges. Investigations revealed no indication of self-defence. Police suspect that Mangumath and his accomplices, who have no religious background, are imposters receiving foreign funding. This has prompted further investigation into their finances. His police remand has been extended until January 31.


India    24-Jan-2024

The police, on January 24, investigated a bomb threat directed at the Durgiana Temple in the Amritsar district after threats were issued by a Khalistani terrorist via the temple's landline phone by a caller who identified himself as Harneet. The threat prompted immediate police action, and an investigation is underway to address the situation.


India    24-Jan-2024

A special court in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, is set to deliver a verdict on January 24 on the police remand of gangster Shankar Lal Dusad and his associates, Ajit Kumar Sharma and Pradeep Punia, who were arrested in Ayodhya based on the UP ATS's application. The arrest was made on January 18, with alleged connections to the banned Khalistani terror organization Sikh For Justice (SFJ), led by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The ATS aims to gather information about associates and Pannun's influence in UP, investigating mobile data and audio messages related to the case.


Canada    24-Jan-2024

According to a Bloomberg report, Canada has officially included India in its investigation into election meddling, examining whether India interfered in Ottawa's national elections in 2019 and 2021. Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau initiated the probe last year, initially focusing on China's interference. This marks the first time India's name has been implicated in the election interference process, amid strained relations. The diplomatic standoff between India and Canada escalated when Trudeau accused New Delhi of involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, leading to mutual expulsions of diplomats. Despite the allegations, Canada has not presented proof, and tensions persist.


India    24-Jan-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on January 24 seized a vehicle (PB 29 R 8889) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with a case involving the seizure of explosives and arms from individuals linked to the Pakistan-based 'listed terrorist' Harwinder Singh Sandhu alias Rinda. The case originated from the recovery of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one pistol with two magazines, and INR 1.30 lakhs in cash at Bastara Toll Plaza in Madhuban, Haryana, in May 2022. The items were seized from four suspects identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, Amandeep Singh alias Deepa, Parminder Singh alias Pinder and Bhupinder Singh. These accused individuals, associated with the Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), had received multiple arms and explosives consignments from Sandhu in Pakistan through drones near the Indo-Pak border.


India    24-Jan-2024

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is set to organize a seminar titled 'Challenges Facing Punjab and Their Resolution' on January 27 at Khalsa College in Anandpur Sahib in Rupnagar district. The event will be attended by party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, senior leadership, and prominent intellectuals. The seminar aims to address the unmet demands of Punjab, discussing issues such as river waters, the denial of a capital city, and the weakening federal structure. Intellectuals and journalists, including Prof Ranjit Singh Ghuman and Satnam Manak, will provide insights, while Sukhbir Singh Badal will deliver the keynote address. The focus is on devising solutions for issues like misgovernance, law and order, unemployment, and economic challenges in the state.


India    24-Jan-2024

Maninderjit Singh Bitta, chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) and former chief of the Indian Youth Congress, urged the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi on January 24 to reopen the 1993 bomb blast case involving terror convict Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar. The Delhi Government's Sentence Review Board recently denied Bhullar's plea for early release. Bitta believes the NIA should investigate the case to expose any potential involvement of police officers and politicians with Bhullar. He cites suspicious circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of Bhullar's security before the 1993 blast.


India    24-Jan-2024

On the intervening night of January 24-25, the Border Security Force (BSF) intercepted a drone and, on the following morning of January 25, recovered a packet containing 531 grams of heroin from a farming field adjacent to Thatharke village in Gurdaspur district.


India    25-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 25 recovered a drone from a field near India Pakistan International Border (IB) near Dal village in Tarn Taran district.


India    25-Jan-2024

Delhi Police’s Crime Branch, on January 25, arrested eight persons belonging to the infamous Gogi Gang, identified as Deepak Pahal alias Boxer, Narender Yadav, Manish alias Sunny Kakran, Manmohan alias Gaurav, Navprabhat Chaudhary, Devraj Dabas, Azad alias Pahalwan and Khushboo alias Golu; and seized a gun, two cartridges, a sim card of Dubai, and a mobile phone, after conducting a series of raids at multiple states. The gang was running an extortion racket in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its peripherals. The police also apprehended two juveniles working for the gang, in Sonipat in Haryana.


India    25-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police, on the intervening night of January 25-26, conducted a raid, arrested two unidentified individuals, and seized 100 grams of heroin and 13 live rounds of .32 bore from the house of a suspect in Deriwal Kiran village in Gurdaspur district.


India    25-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police conducted a raid on the intervening night of January 25-26, based on a lead and recovered one PAG-type gun, 10 rounds of 0.32 bore, and one pistol from the house of a suspect in Uppal village in Gurdaspur district.


India    25-Jan-2024

According to sources, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has requested another meeting with death row prisoner Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is held in Patiala jail, to discuss his pending mercy petition and the release of Bandi Singhs. A reminder has been sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) to allocate time for the SGPC panel. SGPC spokesperson Harjinder Singh Dhami stated on January 25 that letters have been written to the Director General of Police (DGP) Gaurav Yadav and the jail superintendent to arrange a meeting with Rajoana.


India    25-Jan-2024

Representatives from about 50 Sikh organizations gathered on January 25 at the Gurdwara Nadha Sahib in Panchkula district of Haryana to confer the Fakhr-E-Kaum award posthumously on the martyred acting Jathedar of Akal Takht, Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke, who was allegedly kidnapped and tortured to death by Punjab Police in 1993. The assembly resolved to seek justice for Jathedar Kaunke, planning to approach Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann.


India    25-Jan-2024

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Randhir Jaiswal, on January 25 dismissed the claims of India’s involvement in the assassination of Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists Shahid Latif and Riyaz Ahmad alias Abu Qasim. Jaiswal dismissed the claims as false and malicious propaganda, reiterating Pakistan's history as a hub for terrorism and illegal activities.


United States    25-Jan-2024

According to sources, around 5,000 Sikhs from Fresno, California, are expected to travel to San Francisco in California in the United States (US) on January 28 for the non-binding Khalistan referendum. Organizers of the referendum aim to pressure India into holding a binding referendum in Punjab, with former Bush administration official Dane Waters overseeing the process.


Canada    25-Jan-2024

India’s High Commissioner to Ottawa, Sanjay Kumar Verma, on January 25 stated that India has requested heightened security for its diplomatic missions in Canada ahead of Republic Day celebrations on January 26. This request comes in light of potential protests by pro-Khalistan groups in Canada. Security concerns arose after demonstrations at the Indian High Commission in Ottawa in 2023, leading the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file charges against individuals allegedly involved. India maintains that the core issue with Canada remains the tolerance of separatist and anti-India elements and seeks action from Canada to address these concerns.


India    25-Jan-2024

On January 25, the Uttar Pradesh Police Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) was granted seven days' police custody remand (PCR) for three Khalistani suspects arrested in Ayodhya on January 18, by a court in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. They were apprehended for conducting a recce of sensitive sites before the Ram Lalla 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony in Ayodhya. The suspects, identified as Shankar Dussad, Ajit Kumar Sharma, and Pradeep Puniya, were taken into custody after their Khalistani connections were confirmed through intercepted voice messages attributed to Khalistani terrorist Gurupatwant Singh Pannun.


Pakistan    25-Jan-2024

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Qazi on January 25, while speaking to reporters in Islamabad, stated that Indian agents were involved in the killings of two Pakistani citizens, Shahid Latif and Muhammad Riaz Ahmad alias Abu Qasim, on Pakistani soil, citing similarities with cases in Canada and the United States (US).


Canada    25-Jan-2024

According to sources, Canada's federal commission of inquiry into foreign interference targeting India, initiated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was reportedly done at the behest of Pro-Khalistani radical Jagmeet Singh of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Singh, a Sikh of Indian origin, had earlier advocated for justice in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar and leads the NDP, a party that supports a Khalistan referendum.


Canada    26-Jan-2024

On January 26, India’s Republic Day, Khalistani activists and supporters staged anti-India protests outside Indian Consulate in Vancouver, Canada. They displayed posters with derogatory slogans against Prime Minister (PM) Modi, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, as well as slogans like “Khalistan Referendum,” “Delhi Banayga Khalistan,” and “Assassination of Shaheed Nijjar, Enemies of Canada.” Videos and eyewitness accounts depict protesters handling the Indian national flag disrespectfully, including burning, trampling, or defacing it.


United States    26-Jan-2024

Khalistani activists and supporters staged anti-India protests outside Indian Consulates in San Francisco and Washington, DC, in the United States (US) on January 26, India’s Republic Day.


India    26-Jan-2024

On January 26, Republic Day, supporters of Dal Khalsa, led by Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Member of Parliament (MP) Simranjit Singh Mann, took out a protest march in Moga district of Punjab, calling it a Black Day, displaying black flags, and advocating for Khalistan.


India    26-Jan-2024

Former Punjab Health Minister Laxmikanta Chawla, who is also the chairman of the Durgana Temple Committee in Amritsar, extended an invitation to Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun to visit India on January 26. He stated that upon Pannun's arrival in India, the country would demonstrate its resilience and effectively address any issues.


Canada    26-Jan-2024

On January 26, in an interview with CTV in Canada, Jody Thomas, the national security advisor to Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau, stated that India is collaborating with Canada to address tensions arising from the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Trudeau's statement last year, alleging potential links between Indian government agents and the murder, had strained diplomatic relations. However, India has denied any official government involvement in the killing.


United Kingdom    26-Jan-2024

On January 26, India's Republic Day, members of the Khalistani terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) staged a protest in London, United Kingdom (UK), calling for Punjab's independence and denouncing the policies of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi. Paramjit Singh Pamma, an SFJ leader, reaffirmed their commitment to resist Modi's regime and strive for independence.


India    26-Jan-2024

The Amritsar (Rural) police and the Border Security Force (BSF), in a joint search operation on January 26, recovered around 519 gm of heroin along with a Pakistani drone (quadcopter model - DJI Mavic 3 Pro, made in China) near Maude village in Amritsar district.


India    26-Jan-2024

On January 26, the Border Security Force (BSF) recovered a China-made quadcopter drone from a farming field in Roranwala Khurd village in Amritsar district.


India    26-Jan-2024

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit, on January 26, stressed the need to combat drugs and corruption while speaking at an event where he led Republic Day celebrations in Patiala district. He honoured martyrs and urged collective responsibility for integrity in governance.


India    26-Jan-2024

On the occasion of India's 75th Republic Day on January 26, patriotic fervour and cultural performances by students highlighted the celebrations, and the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers exchanged sweets at the Attari border in Amritsar district of Punjab. BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sanjay Gaur interacted with jawans and addressed concerns about drone intrusions, stating that 107 drones were shot down and 483 kg of contraband seized along the Punjab Frontier in 2023. Cultural programs, including gidha and bhangra, were performed by students at the border.


India    27-Jan-2024

According to sources, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is currently investigating the misuse of the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) by operatives of the Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), who have shifted their tactics from hawala to using tourists as a means to funnel funds for their terror activities. The NIA raids have specifically targeted key figures such as Harwinder Singh alias Rinda, and Lakhbir Singh Sandhu alias Landa. These individuals are identified as chief conspirators involved in terror plots and arms smuggling into Punjab. The BKI, in collaboration with tour guides, reportedly offers commissions to tourists for receiving remittances via MTSS, and the funds acquired are used to purchase arms. Furthermore, raids against Lawrence Bishnoi's crime syndicate have revealed connections to BKI. The authorities seized illegal arms, ammunition, cash, and incriminating documents during these operations.


India    27-Jan-2024

The Amritsar (Rural) police on January 27 arrested a drug smuggler, identified as Mahinder Singh, and seized 1.6 kg of heroin hidden in the cattle shed of his house in Bhagupur Bet village in Amritsar district. The police stated that Singh had links with Pakistan-based smugglers and was involved in cross-border drug peddling through drones.


United Kingdom    28-Jan-2024

Ancient House Museum has been awarded nearly GBP 200,000 in grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to mark the legacy of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last ruler of the Sikh empire, in Thetford in Norfolk in the United Kingdom (UK). Founded in 1924 by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, the museum will use the grant to narrate the family's story through various displays.


United Kingdom    28-Jan-2024

A meeting is scheduled to take place on January 30 after Preet Kaur Gill, a Member of Parliament (MP) from the United Kingdom (UK) Labour Party, raised concerns about an 'intelligence hit list,' which targets 20 Sikhs, including six British Sikhs, who have been labelled as enemies of the state by Indian media. According to reports, some Sikh activists have received Osman warnings due to threats, harassment, and intimidation. There are fears of transnational repression following evidence linking the Indian government to the assassination of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Both the Indian embassy in London and the UK government have declined to comment on the matter.


India    28-Jan-2024

Tension erupted on January 28 after a clash ensued when the President of the Gurudwara Management Committee, Col Harsimran Singh (retd), asked volunteers to remove the poster of Sikh militant-preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from the premises of the Gurudwara Janam Asthan Baba Deep Singh in Pahuwind village in Tarn Taran district. Police escorted Col Harsimran Singh to safety amidst the chaos, with both sides sustaining injuries, while discussions are underway to resolve the dispute.


Canada    28-Jan-2024

On January 28, a delegation from the Punjab (Pakistan) government engaged in discussions with members of the Sikh community in Toronto, Canada, with the aim of strengthening religious tourism and trade ties between Canada and Pakistan. The delegation, led by Ministers S.M. Tanveer, Mansoor Qadir, and Amir Mir, endorsed the Sikh community's proposal to establish five-star hotels in Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur within the Punjab province of Pakistan. Pakistani diplomats also attended the meeting, during which plans were made to launch a special tourism portal and provide state security to Sikh pilgrims, facilitating their visits to Punjab.


India    28-Jan-2024

The Amritsar (Rural) police on January 28 arrested two individuals, identified as Germanjit Singh alias Brahman and Akashdeep Singh alias Khatti and seized 1 kg of heroin, Maruti Swift car (PB-36-E- 2601) and a mobile phone from their possession in Dhanoe Khurd village in Amritsar district. Germanjit, who was a commission agent at the Attari grain market, was intercepted by the police at a checkpoint while traveling from Dhanoe Khurd village to Attari. Further investigations revealed Germanjit's alleged association with Pakistan-based smugglers.


India    28-Jan-2024

The Tarn Taran district police, on January 28, arrested five suspects in connection with the murder of Awan Kumar Khullar alias Sonu Cheema, the sarpanch of Adda Chaba village, from Gandiwind village in Tarn Taran district. According to the police, rivalry is believed to be the motive behind the murder. The police are yet to arrest seven others, including two yet-to-be-identified shooters. The main accused, Amritpal Singh, has 16 criminal cases against him, with a case registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act.


India    28-Jan-2024

Police on January 28 arrested a woman identified as Pooja and seized 40 grams of heroin from her possession in Ferozepur district.


India    28-Jan-2024

The police on January 28 arrested a woman drug peddler identified as Gurmeet Kaur alias Meeto, and seized 50 grams of heroin from her possession in Ferozepur district.


India    28-Jan-2024

Police on January 28 arrested one person, identified as Lovepreet Singh alias Labha and seized 100 gm of heroin from his possession in Ferozepur in Ferozepur district.


India    28-Jan-2024

The Police on January 28 arrested Maqbool alias Fauji and seized 45 gm of heroin from his possession in Ferozepur in Ferozepur district.


United States    28-Jan-2024

According to reports, more than 127,000 American Sikhs participated in the Khalistan Referendum on United States (US) soil, organized by the Khalistani terror outfit Sikh For Justice (SFJ) in San Francisco. Amid diplomatic tensions with India, the referendum saw heavy security following an earlier alleged assassination attempt on SFJ chief and Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. Pannun vowed to intensify the campaign against India, citing alleged genocidal policies and expressing a desire for self-determination among Sikhs.


United States    28-Jan-2024

A video uploaded on January 28 on social media captures violent clashes during a purported 'Khalistan referendum' in San Francisco, United States (US), showing individuals assaulting each other amidst security personnel's attempts to restore order. Notably, participants are seen brandishing Khalistani flags, with rival factions represented by Major Singh Nijjar's group and the Sabi gang, both backed by the Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).


India    28-Jan-2024

The police, on January 28, arrested the ‘second-in-command’ of the Vikas Lagarpuria gang, identified as Dara Singh alias Dhare and seized a loaded sophisticated revolver (.32 bore) and five live cartridges from his possession in the Khajuri Khas area in North East Delhi district in Delhi. Singh has a history of criminal activities dating back to 2013, with associations with Vikas Lagarpuria. He was wanted in multiple cases in Delhi and Haryana, including murder, extortion, and armed robbery. Additionally, he was involved in the theft of INR 40 crore in Gurugram in 2021.


India    29-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Punjab Police, in a joint operation on the night of January 29, intercepted and, on the morning of January 30, recovered a Pakistani drone in a damaged condition from a farming field near Mari Kamboke village in Tarn Taran district. The recovered drone was a Quadcopter made in China.


India    29-Jan-2024

On January 29, a youth identified as Satinderpal Singh reportedly died of a drug overdose in Ferozepur in Ferozepur district.


India    29-Jan-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on January 29 busted a drug smuggling module, arresting four unidentified Indian smugglers along with 4.369 kg of heroin, 968 grams of ICE (methamphetamine), a pistol, four rounds of ammunition, a scooter, and INR 70,140 near the International Border (IB) in the Amritsar sector of Amritsar district. The arrests occurred as the individuals attempted to retrieve a packet dropped by a Pakistani drone. Subsequent surveillance of drone activities revealed a video call between Pakistani smuggler Rana, his brother, and Indian smuggler Saha. Saha is involved in recruiting villagers in Tarn Taran to receive arms and drugs via drones from across the border.


Canada    29-Jan-2024

Canadian authorities are investigating an incident that occurred on January 29 at a gurdwara, where a 23-year-old man allegedly wielded two large bladed weapons during the evening service at the Penticton Sikh Temple in Penticton City, British Columbia province, Canada. Although no injuries were reported, one person was briefly detained before being released. The temple attributed the disturbance to an 'unruly group of non-society members' who had previously been barred from the premises. Measures have been implemented to prevent similar occurrences in the future.


India    29-Jan-2024

On January 29, following the incident on January 28, where tensions flared at Gurdwara Janam Asthan Baba Deep Singh over the removal of the portrait of Sikh militant-preacher Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Sikh bodies led by Harpal Singh Bler of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-Amritsar) reinstated the portrait at the entrance of Gurdwara Janam Asthan Baba Deep Singh in Pahuwind village in Tarn Taran district. Despite injuries sustained in the clash, the dispute was reportedly settled through a compromise. However, Bler insisted on an apology from the committee president for the removal of the portrait.


India    29-Jan-2024

Sikh Sadbhawna Dal's senior general secretary, Iqbal Singh Manawa, has announced that the outfit will conduct an 'Insaf March' on January 30, starting from Kaunke village and culminating at Gurdwara Mehdiana in Ludhiana district, to seek justice for the family of former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke, who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter 31 years ago. Baldev Singh Wadala, the outfit's chief, will lead the activists during the 15-km march, where participants will recite Gurbani. The organization plans to launch a structured campaign demanding accountability from the police personnel accused of torturing and ultimately killing Kaunke while in custody after his arrest on December 25, 1992.


India    29-Jan-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) seized the property of Gurjant Singh, a key accused in a 2019 bomb blast case in Tarn Taran district, Punjab, as part of its efforts to dismantle the terror network in the region, following an order from the Special NIA Court in Mohali. The case originated from a First Information Report (FIR) filed by Tarn Taran Police, involving a terrorist gang led by Bikramjit Singh Panjwar that targeted Dera Muradpur. Gurjant Singh, a member of the gang, was present during the retrieval of explosives, which prematurely exploded.


India    29-Jan-2024

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on January 29 declared that the pursuit of justice against drug-related crimes is a crucial aspect of social justice, emphasizing the severe impact of drug trafficking on society. In a case involving a woman accused of drug trafficking, the Bench highlighted the widespread harm caused by narcotics, likening it to inflicting death blows on numerous innocent victims.


India    29-Jan-2024

According to police sources, a member of Lawrence Bishnoi's gang identified as Rajan was shot dead and set on fire after the shootout and his body was found in Yamunanagar district in Haryana. Suspected operatives linked to the Bambiha gang orchestrated the killing on orders from gangster Arshdeep alias Arsh Dalla, who is presently in Canada and wanted by Indian authorities. Gang rivalry surfaced on social media, with Lucky Patial of the Bambiha gang claiming responsibility for Rajan's murder, citing revenge for past killings, including that of Singer Sidhu Moose Wala. The murder is seen as retaliation for the killing of Sukhdool Singh, an associate of Arsh Dalla, in Canada, indicating escalating gang tensions.


India    30-Jan-2024

Indian intelligence agencies have uncovered the notorious Khalistani terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International's (BKI) novel tactic of exploiting India's Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) by colluding with tour guides to funnel illegal funds for terrorist activities. Despite individual transaction limits, BKI can receive significant sums annually, highlighting the need for tightened regulations and enhanced oversight. This revelation underscores terrorists' adaptability, urging continuous vigilance and international collaboration to combat evolving financial tactics and choke off their funding.


India    30-Jan-2024

The police on January 30 busted a criminal network by arresting five individuals, including a ‘big fish’ identified as Manjit Singh alias Manna, Lovejit Singh alias Luv, Harmanjit Singh alias Harman, Manpreet Singh, and Kes Kaur alias Kanso and seized 3 kg of heroin, INR 5.25 lakh in drug money, and three cars from their possession in Hargobind Pura in Chheharta in Amritsar district. Harmanjit was arrested on January 20, and the police seized 2 kg of heroin, an electronic scale, and INR 1.25 lakh in drug money from his possession. Based on his revelations, they subsequently arrested Manjit on January 22, along with Manjit’s brother Lovejit and his accomplice Manpreet. They seized 1 kg of heroin, an SUV, INR 4 lakh in drug money, and a motorcycle from their possession. Later, the police arrested their aide Kes Kaur and seized one car from his possession. He was wanted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Special Cell of the Delhi Police in 260 kg heroin and 356 kg of heroin seizures. They had multiple cases against them, obtained fake passports, and were involved in hawala operations. Investigations are ongoing into their network, and various criminal charges are registered against them.


India    30-Jan-2024

Police on January 30 busted an international drug trafficking gang and arrested four persons identified as Bikkar Singh, Tara Chand Parik, Simarjeet Singh alias Simar, and Harminder Singh alias Gullu and seized drug money amounting to INR 1.78 crore from their possession in Bathinda district. The gang operated by ordering heroin from Pakistan via drones and then using hawala channels to transfer proceeds abroad to Kendraveer Singh alias Sunny Dayal, who resides overseas. Additional arrests are expected, including Kendraveer Singh, currently residing in the United States (US).


India    30-Jan-2024

32-year-old Jagmeet Singh reportedly died of a drug overdose in Ghall Khurd village in Ferozepur district, on January 30.


India    30-Jan-2024

The Amritsar (Rural) police on January 30 conducted a search operation based on a tip-off and recovered 5 kg of heroin and a drone from Sarangra village in Amritsar district.


India    30-Jan-2024

The contributions of the Village Defence Committees (VDCs), deployed in a 15 km rural area along the Amritsar border with Pakistan to assist the Border Security Force (BSF), the Punjab Police, and other security agencies in bolstering security efforts against infiltration and smuggling, were recognized during the Republic Day celebrations. A total of 272 villages in Ajnala, Lopoke, and Amritsar II subdivisions are equipped with VDCs. Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit advocated for VDCs during visits to border areas of six districts. These committees, consisting of various community representatives and security personnel, play a crucial role in providing information to combat illegal drug and arms networks. VDC members are given priority for arms licenses, and they receive support from village police officers through regular meetings and coordination with higher authorities. Additionally, a comprehensive list of criminals and their records has been compiled for enhanced border security measures.


India    30-Jan-2024

The Amritsar (Rural) police on January 30 conducted a search operation based on a tip-off and recovered 5 kg of heroin and a drone in Sarangra village in Amritsar district.


India    30-Jan-2024

On January 30, two gangsters, one of whom was identified as Prabhjot Singh, evaded capture by opening fire on the Counter Intelligence (CI) team of Amritsar Police in Ghariala village, Tarn Taran district. Suspected of carrying drugs and arms, they escaped into the fields near the International Border amid dense fog after exchanging gunfire with the police.


India    30-Jan-2024

Delhi Police on the intervening night of January 30 and 31 arrested a man identified as Jasvinder alias Lucky and seized a car, mobile phones, and spray paint cans from his possession in connection with writing pro-Khalistan slogans on a park wall in Vishnu Garden in West Delhi district. He was identified through CCTV footage, and he confessed to the act, claiming he was promised INR 15,000 by a former neighbour living in the US but wasn't paid.


India    30-Jan-2024

Tension escalated on January 30 after 'Khalistan Zindabad' posters appeared in local markets, sparking anger among Hindu organizations in Batala in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Police initiated investigations and identified two suspects captured on CCTV footage. Hindu groups also called for a 'bandh' (strike) on February 1, raising concerns about potential unrest in the region.


Canada    30-Jan-2024

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), in a statement released on January 30, announced that three individuals of Indian origin in Canada, identified as Ayush Sharma, Guramrit Sidhu, and Subham Kumar are slated for extradition to the United States (US) as part of 'Operation Dead Hand.' This operation is a joint effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the RCMP, targeting a drug trafficking network operating between Mexico and North America. The three suspects are facing charges related to coordinating the transportation of cocaine and methamphetamine to Canada via long-haul trucks. Guramrit Sidhu, allegedly a key organizer, could face a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years if convicted. The indictments collectively involve over 845 kg of methamphetamine, 951 kg of cocaine, and other narcotics, with cash seizures exceeding USD 900,000.


India    31-Jan-2024

The police registered a case against Khalistani terrorist Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, after he issued threats to kill the chief servant of Dera Harbhagat Jethuwal in Amritsar, Tejkaran Singh and his children who are residing in Canada. The threats were communicated through Instagram and phone calls.


India    31-Jan-2024

The United States (US) Embassy in New Delhi stated on January 31 that discussions between the US Congress and the Biden administration are ongoing, in light of reports that the delivery of 31 MQ-9A Sea Guardian and Sky Guardian drones to India has been stalled by the United States (US), pending a "meaningful investigation" into the alleged conspiracy to assassinate Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the leader of the banned Khalistani terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). Pannun, labelled a terrorist by India, is portrayed by the US as a victim, leading to friction between the two nations. Additionally, the US has also delayed the sale of six Boeing P-8I aircraft to India due to concerns over alleged Indian government actions against Pannun.


India    31-Jan-2024

According to sources, Border Security Force (BSF) officers have written to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), suspecting that a recent drug bust at the India-Pakistan border in Punjab is linked to prisoners in Amritsar jail and Pakistani drug suppliers. They have identified two Pakistani nationals, Rana and his brother Saha, who recruited villagers in Tarn Taran to receive arms and drugs via drones from across the border. The BSF recovered 4.369 kg of heroin, 968 grams of ICE (methamphetamine), a pistol, four rounds of ammunition, and INR 70,140 during the operation. Investigations revealed links to Punjab residents managing deliveries in Delhi, with one having connections to individuals in Amritsar jail. The government is developing anti-drone technology to counter the increasing use of drones for smuggling along the border.


India    31-Jan-2024

According to sources, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) is planning to take three suspects with Khalistani links - Shankar Dussad alias Shankar Jajod, Ajit Kumar Sharma, and Pradeep Puniya - to Ayodhya to verify their movements before their arrest for conducting reconnaissance in the city ahead of the Shri Ram Janambhoomi temple consecration ceremony. Currently in police custody, the suspects are being interrogated about their intentions and connections with Khalistani terrorists. The investigation, spanning from Rajasthan to Punjab, suggests that the suspects had been planning the reconnaissance in Ayodhya for two years.


India    31-Jan-2024

State special operation cell on January 31 arrested a gangster identified as Iqbal Khan and seized a .32 bore pistol, along with two live cartridges, from his possession in Rupnagar in Rupnagar district. Khan, associated with the Parminder Pindri gang, along with his accomplices Kala Gujjar Makhan Gujjar and Shashi, were allegedly tasked with killing members of a rival gang operated by Dilpreet Singh Baba, known for multiple criminal activities.


India    01-Feb-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on February 1 filed a charge sheet against Khalistani terror outfit Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) members, Manpreet Singh alias Peeta and Mandeep Singh, who were deported from the Philippines in 2023, at a special court in New Delhi. They were associated with 'listed individual terrorist' Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dalla, recruiting youths for Dalla's Terror and Crime Syndicate. Peeta and Mandeep played a significant role in raising funds for KTF through extortions, routing money into drug businesses via hawala networks, and smuggling arms from Pakistan.


India    01-Feb-2024

According to sources, Delhi Police deployed nearly 200 personnel to analyse CCTV footage from over 1000 cameras, leading to the arrest of Jaswinder, a cab driver from Tilak Nagar in West Delhi, for creating pro-Khalistani graffiti in the area. Jaswinder confessed to the act, stating he was promised INR 15,000 by his friend Gagandeep but had not received the payment. Earlier, two individuals from Punjab were detained by the Special Cell for similar graffiti incidents at Delhi metro stations ahead of the G20 Summit.


United States    01-Feb-2024

Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, in an interview with ARY News in San Francisco, United States (US), stated that he remains undeterred by India's violent tactics. Pannun mentioned that he advocates for Khalistan through democratic means, citing a surge in youth participation observed in recent referendums in countries like the US.


India    01-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) and Special Task Force (STF) Amritsar, in a joint operation on February 1, recovered 3.432 kg of heroin wrapped with yellow adhesive tape, and a metal hook was attached to the packet, from a house in Didhowal village in Gurdaspur district.


Canada    01-Feb-2024

Komalpreet Sidhu, an Indo-Canadian driver from Winnipeg, was arrested on January 14 by the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after border officials found 406.2 kg of methamphetamine in his commercial truck, which marks the largest narcotics seizure in the Prairies. He is set to appear in court on February 1 in Manitoba, Canada, facing charges of methamphetamine importation and possession for trafficking.


India    01-Feb-2024

According to reports, Lawrence Bishnoi, once viewed as an "invincible" gangster, has seen his influence wane, following the high-profile assassinations of prominent figures like Punjabi singer Siddhu Moose Wala and Karni outfit chief Sukhdev Gogamedi. Recent revenge killings by his rivals, including three of his key henchmen, have further weakened his position. This suggests a resurgence of opposing factions. The emergence of a bond between Bambiha syndicate leader Gaurav alias Lucky Patial and Khalistani Tiger Force (KTF) leader Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dalla indicates a deadly alliance against Bishnoi. Bishnoi's decade-long rivalry with the Bambihas, rooted in territorial disputes and control over criminal enterprises, has escalated. This has drawn alliances with local gangs and raised concerns of increased violence.


India    01-Feb-2024

Fatehgarh Sahib police, on February 1, put Sangrur Member of Parliament (MP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann and his staff under house arrest at Talania village in Fatehgarh Sahib district. The police action was taken in response to Mann's announcement of a demonstration and a planned protest dharna at Dhuri town in Sangrur district, Punjab.


India    01-Feb-2024

Police on February 1 arrested two unidentified persons and seized 20 kg of poppy husk from their truck carrying onions, from Gumjal barrier near Gumjal in Fazilka district.


India    01-Feb-2024

Police on February 1 arrested two unidentified persons, and seized 80 gm of heroin from their possession, in Abohar in Fazilka district.


Canada    01-Feb-2024

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is investigating a shooting at the home of Simranjeet Singh, which took place on February 1 in Surrey, British Columbia province in Canada. Simranjeet was an associate of the late Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a member of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). Simranjeet is known for his involvement in the Khalistan movement and recent protests. The Surrey RCMP deems it an isolated event with no reported injuries.


United States    01-Feb-2024

The Biden administration's proposed major armed drone sale to India, initially blocked by Congress due to allegations involving an Indian government agency in a murder-for-hire plot against a United States (US) national and Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, is set to proceed after February 1, following assurances from Senator Ben Cardin, who engaged in discussions with the administration. Cardin, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raised concerns about the timing of the sale amidst the ongoing plot investigation. The State Department notified Congress of the drone sale just a day after the public disclosure of the Pannun linkage, signalling progress in the clearance process. General Atomics, the drone manufacturer, informed India of Congress's clearance. Cardin emphasized human rights and stressed the importance of accountability in his statement, highlighting the need for mutual trust in the US-India partnership. The case adds complexity to US-India relations, with lingering questions about the Modi government's investigation assurances and demands from the Biden administration.


India    01-Feb-2024

Punjab Police on February 1 arrested Harpreet Singh alias Happy Baba, and seized a .30 bore automatic pistol, along with a magazine and three cartridges, from his possession in Aladinpur village in Tarn Taran district. Happy Baba is one of the biggest weapon suppliers in Punjab and a close associate of one of the most-wanted gangsters, Harpreet Singh alias Happy Jatt. He confessed to being a major weapon supplier in Punjab, sourcing illicit weapons from Madhya Pradesh and selling over 100 such weapons in Tarn Taran and Amritsar since 2020-21.


India    02-Feb-2024

According to reports, in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, heroin addiction among the youth is rampant due to the regular infiltration of narcotics-laden Pakistani drones. This has resulted in an overwhelming workload at the Red Cross De-addiction Centre. Abha Sharma, a dedicated counselor at the center, was recently honored for her pivotal role in rehabilitating addicts. She emphasizes patience and perseverance in overcoming addiction, guiding patients through the challenges of temptation and motivation.


India    02-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 2 recovered 500 grams of heroin in a packet wrapped with yellow adhesive tape along with a drone near Pallopati village in Tarn Taran district.


India    02-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 2 recovered three packets containing 1.6 kg of heroin, wrapped with yellow adhesive tape with a metal hook attached to them, from fields near Roranwala Khurd village in Amritsar district.


India    02-Feb-2024

The Wahabwala police on February 2 arrested an individual identified as Vijay Kumar and seized 39 kg of poppy husk from his possession at Mehrajpur village in Fazilka district.


India    02-Feb-2024

The police on February 2 arrested an individual, identified as Dilbagh Singh, for supplying 65 gm of heroin to his customers in Malout in Muktsar district.


United States    02-Feb-2024

Members of the Bay Area Sikh community, led by the Jakara Movement, have condemned the recent vandalism targeting Hindu temples in Newark and Hayward, California, in the United States (US). The incidents, involving graffiti referencing Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and the Khalistan movement, are viewed as potential hate crimes. Law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), are investigating, but no leads on suspects or motives have emerged. Both Hindu and Sikh community leaders emphasize the need to prevent further escalation of tensions and condemn the vandalism. The Hindu American Foundation calls for swift action to address what they see as a pattern of escalating Khalistan separatist activities, citing previous incidents targeting Hindu institutions.


India    02-Feb-2024

Police on February 2 arrested a sharpshooter from the infamous Neeraj Bawana gang, identified as Aehsaan Ali alias Usman alias Lal Singh, from Karni Singh Shooting Range area in Tughlakabad in South East Delhi in Delhi. Acting on specific intelligence, the police intercepted the duo on a motorcycle around 8:30 p.m. on February 2. Aehsaan attempted to flee but fell after losing control of the bike, while Neeraj escaped into a nearby jungle, leaving his firearm behind. Aehsaan fired at the police, hitting an officer's bulletproof jacket, but was eventually subdued. Interrogation revealed his criminal background and affiliation with the Neeraj Bawana gang.


India    03-Feb-2024

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit tendered his resignation to President Droupadi Murmu on February 3, citing personal reasons amid allegations of tampering in Chandigarh's mayoral elections in favour of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate. Purohit's tenure saw frequent clashes with Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government over various issues, including withholding bills passed by the State Assembly and warning of imposing President's rule.


Canada    03-Feb-2024

According to a report by Global News, declassified documents from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service reveal that India has been designated a 'foreign interference threat' in Canadian elections. Although the report is heavily redacted, it mentions India's engagement in such activities. Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's government, prompted by concerns over Chinese interference, is advised to safeguard democratic institutions. This revelation comes amid strained Canada-India relations following Trudeau's accusation of Indian involvement in the 2023 murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a claim vehemently denied by India.


Canada    03-Feb-2024

Three organisations, the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO), Ontario Gurdwaras Committee (OGC), and British Columbia Gurdwaras Council (BCGC), have requested standing in the ongoing public inquiry into foreign interference, particularly focusing on alleged Indian interference in Canadian affairs. In a letter addressed to Justice Marie-Josée Hogue, who is leading the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Processes and Democratic Institutions, in Canada, they emphasised the importance of Sikh representation in light of recent developments implicating India in influencing electoral outcomes.


United Kingdom    03-Feb-2024

According to reports, the case of Jagtar Singh Johal, a United Kingdom (UK) citizen imprisoned in India since November 2017 on allegations of being a Khalistani operative, has become a point of contention between the UK and India, impacting bilateral relations. Johal faces multiple charges, including murder and terrorism, and UK officials are pushing for a swift resolution. Despite regular consular visits, his family and lawyers argue that there is no concrete evidence against him, claiming he was merely an internet marketer. Meanwhile, his associates are actively campaigning through media, political lobbying, and international organizations for his release.


India    03-Feb-2024

Police on February 3 arrested three drug smugglers, identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Gopa, Rashpal Singh alias Bhapa, and Rajdeep Singh alias Raja, and seized 650 gm of heroin from their possession near Bidhipur Chowk in Maqsudan in Jalandhar district. Gopa was arrested with 100 gm of heroin, revealing details of the operation, based on which the Police arrested Raja from Gharinda village and Bhapa from Muhawa village, both in Amritsar district. It was revealed that the operation utilized fields belonging to Bhapa, whose wife, a former sarpanch, facilitated access to the border.


India    03-Feb-2024

Police on February 3 arrested a woman drug peddler identified as Kamaljit Kaur alias Toti and seized 11 loose intoxicant injections from her possession in Sangowal village in Ludhiana district.


India    03-Feb-2024

The Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) on February 3 arrested Lawrence Bishnoi’s aide, Mandeep Singh alias Chotta Mani, and his accomplice Jatinder Singh and seized two .32 caliber pistols and 12 cartridges in Mani Majra in Chandigarh. The arrests were made in connection to their involvement in Sidhu Moose Wala's murder and their role in facilitating gangster Deepak Tinu's escape in 2017. Both individuals, who were working for Bishnoi and Goldy Brar, are facing charges of attempt to murder, extortion, and Arms Act violations.


India    04-Feb-2024

The president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Harjinder Singh Dhami condemned the recent incident where police forcefully entered a Gurdwara Sahib at night, beating attendants and violating rules in Boha in Mansa district. Dhami expressed concern over the government's actions, citing previous incidents like the firing at Gurdwara Akal Bunga Sahib Sultanpur Lodhi. Dhami called for a thorough investigation into the Mansa incident and urged swift action against the perpetrators, emphasizing that such actions tarnish the sanctity of Sikh religious sites.


India    04-Feb-2024

The Jammu and Kashmir Police, in a joint operation with Punjab Police on February 4, arrested a notorious drug peddler identified as Kulwinder Singh from Gujarpur village in Tarn Taran district of Punjab. Singh, identified as an inter-state heroin smuggler, was apprehended following the arrest of Farman Ali alias Munna, from Balole Khad village in Samba district in Jammu and Kashmir on January 24. Ali was found in possession of heroin and INR 1.29 lakh, having transferred INR 4.50 lakh to Singh for narcotics. This arrest is hailed as a significant achievement in combating narcotics smuggling in the region, with the police intensifying efforts to dismantle inter-state drug networks.


India    04-Feb-2024

The Amritsar Rural Police on February 4 arrested an alleged drug peddler identified as Rajwinder Singh alias Goldy, and seized a mobile phone from him in Lopoke village in Amritsar district. He is accused of being involved in cross-border drug trafficking using drones and has been booked alongside Ranjit Singh, who is currently at large. Singh is allegedly connected to Pakistan-based narcotic and arms smugglers.


India    04-Feb-2024

Gharinda police on February 4 arrested an individual identified as Onkar Singh and seized 265 gm of heroin from his possession at the T-Point near Dhanoe Khurd village in Amritsar district.


India    04-Feb-2024

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently denied bail to an alleged member of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang in an extortion case, emphasizing the need to address the growing gang culture in Punjab with firm measures. The court stated that gang activities promote disharmony, violence, and drug abuse, necessitating strengthened law enforcement to combat this disruptive culture. Highlighting the state's duty to ensure citizen security and maintain a violence-free environment, the court underscored the importance of dealing sternly with elements that erode the social fabric.


India    04-Feb-2024

The Punjab Police's Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF), in collaboration with central agencies, on February 4 arrested three operatives of gangster Goldy Brar, identified as Amritpal Singh alias Gujjar, Kamalpreet Singh, and Prem Singh in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP). The trio was implicated in a recent firing incident that targeted a businessman's residence in Chandigarh's Sector 5. Investigations revealed their involvement in the shooting and subsequent escape, which was facilitated by Prem Singh. All three individuals have a criminal record, with charges including attempted murder, extortion, and robbery.


India    04-Feb-2024

The Jalandhar Commissionerate of Police on February 4 busted a gang involved in the smuggling of illegal weapons and heroin across borders using drones by arresting four gang members, identified as Jaspreet Singh alias Jassa, Bhagwant Singh, Gurjant Singh, and Lovepreet Singh along with three pistols and 14 rounds of ammunition near the Verka milk plant in Jalandhar district. Jassa was apprehended while intending to eliminate rivals from gangster Lakhbir Singh Landa's gang. Investigations revealed Jassa's extensive links to arms smugglers in Pakistan, with him facilitating multiple shipments into Punjab amidst a longstanding feud with Landa over a fishing contract.


Canada    05-Feb-2024

The Indian High Commissioner in Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, stated in an interview with The Globe and Mail that India won't assist the Canadian probe without 'specific evidence,' in the investigation into the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in 2023, a case that has escalated tensions between Canada and India. Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau had accused Indian secret service agents of Nijjar's assassination, a claim that India refuted.


Canada    05-Feb-2024

In a letter, the Sikh Sadbhavna Dal (SSD) has urged Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau to exempt Sikhs from wearing helmets, citing conflicts with religious practices.


Czech Republic    05-Feb-2024

The Czech Justice Ministry spokesperson, Vladimir Repka informed the Times of India that the Czech Republic has suspended extradition proceedings for Indian national Nikhil Gupta, who was indicted by the United States (US) for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, pending a Constitutional Court decision. Gupta, detained in Prague, alleges human rights violations and faces extradition requests from both the US and India.


India    05-Feb-2024

According to officials, smugglers in Pakistan are exploiting dense winter fog to use drones for trafficking drugs and arms across the border into Punjab. The Border Security Force (BSF) has been instructed to enhance intelligence gathering and surveillance during foggy conditions. Investigations led to the arrest of four individuals in Tarn Taran district on January 30, revealing that this gang conducted eight sorties and dropped nearly 9 kg of heroin, a pistol, and cartridges. Further investigations also uncovered the use of GPS-equipped drones for drop-offs. Despite countermeasures, drone incursions persisted, with at least 23 locations in Punjab's border districts being affected in January alone. The smuggling trend via drones has posed a growing challenge in recent years, with significant seizures reported, indicating an evolving tactic in cross-border trafficking.


India    05-Feb-2024

Police on February 5 arrested two youngsters, identified as Suraj Singh and Jashandeep Singh, and seized 1.15 kg of heroin, INR 12,000, and two cell phones from their possession at a checkpoint on Ferozepur Road near Sri Muktsar Sahib in Sri Muktsar Sahib district.


India    05-Feb-2024

Police on February 5 arrested two men, identified as Navjot Singh alias Mani Baba and Karan and seized two pistols and 20 cartridges from their possession near Mehtan bridge in near Mehtan village in Kapurthala District. The arrests were made based on a tip-off, and the suspects were involved in illegally procuring arms from multiple states, including Uttar Pradesh (UP).


India    05-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 5 apprehended an Afghan national who was crossing the International Border into Indian territory near Kashi Barman village in the Gurdaspur district. He claimed to have been guided by a Pakistani national but was found with no objectionable items. Despite initial questioning, language barriers limited the information obtained, and he was subsequently handed over to local police for further investigation following a medical examination.


India    05-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 5 apprehended a 16-year-old Pakistani national and seized a mobile phone and a Pakistani currency note of PKR 100 denomination from his possession near Patti Pallo village in Tarn Taran district in Punjab. On questioning, he revealed that he was a resident of Kasur in Pakistan. Despite protests to Pakistan Rangers about border control, they denied knowledge of missing persons. Following a medical examination, the teenager was handed over to Khalra village police station in Tarn Taran, Punjab, for further investigation.


India    06-Feb-2024

Police on February 6 arrested three persons, identified as Jaswant Singh, Karamjit Singh and Lakhwinder Singh and seized 255 grams of heroin from their possession, at a naka (checkpoint) near Kangniwal village in Jalandhar district. The Police seized 105 grams of heroin from Jaswant, 95 grams of heroin from Karamjit and 55 grams of heroin from Lakhwinder. Involved in illegal mining previously, they turned to drug smuggling for quick profits, with indications of cross-border involvement.


United Kingdom    06-Feb-2024

According to reports, the Sikh Federation UK (SFUK), which aims to advocate for Sikh identity in the United Kingdom (UK) census, is facing scrutiny for its perceived disconnect from Sikh principles. Recent reports highlight a decline in the exclusive identification as 'Sikh' ethnicity, casting doubt on SFUK's agenda. The organization's promotion of Khalistan and its hostility towards Lord Indarjit Singh's stance on census classification raise concerns about its alignment with extremist factions and its commitment to Sikh values. It is imperative for mainstream Sikhs to reclaim the narrative, prioritize genuine educational efforts, and safeguard the essence of Sikhism from misappropriation by fringe elements within SFUK.


Canada    06-Feb-2024

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on February 6 arrested two 16-year-old boys, for allegedly shooting at the home of Sikh activist Simranjeet Singh, a close associate of slain Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar and seized three firearms and multiple electronic devices from their possession, in Surrey in British Columbia province in Canada.


India    07-Feb-2024

The Police arrested a man identified as Balkar Singh and seized 220 gm of ICE (Methamphetamine) from his possession, near Satiyewala Chowk in Ferozepur in Ferozepur district. According to investigations, the drug was smuggled from Pakistan through a drone.


India    07-Feb-2024

Rajpura police on February 7 busted an inter-state drugs module with the arrest of two persons identified as Kulwinder Singh Kindi and Palwinder Singh Billa along with 1.05 lakh banned Lomotil tablets in Rajpura in Patiala district.


United Kingdom    07-Feb-2024

According to sources, United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary David Cameron has intervened in the case of Scottish Sikh Jagtar Singh Johal, who has been imprisoned in India for six years. Cameron is calling for an investigation into the claims of torture by Punjab police. However, he stopped short of demanding Johal's release, citing potential interference in the ongoing judicial process. Johal is accused of involvement in targeted killings, a charge he denies. His brother is demanding his immediate return. Jagtar Singh Johal has connections to the banned terrorist organization Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and is currently held in Delhi’s Tihar jail on terrorism charges.


Canada    07-Feb-2024

According to reports, the shooting at the South Surrey residence of Simranjeet Singh, a friend of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, highlights the complex intersection of domestic harmony and global diplomacy. Allegations of Indian foreign interference injects international intrigue, while the Sikh community's dissatisfaction with Canadian authorities' protection sparks debate about forming a self-styled militia. Despite suspicions, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) remains cautious, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation amidst concerns about eroding trust and potential national security implications.


India    07-Feb-2024

Security agencies on February 7 recovered 1 kg of heroin near Rudiana village in Gurdaspur district, believed to have been dropped by a drone.


India    07-Feb-2024

Police on February 7 busted a gang involved in the interstate trade of illegal arms and arrested one of its members, identified as Balkaran Singh alias Rai along with 10 country-made pistols in Nawanshahr in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district in Punjab. The investigations revealed that the gang, led by Arun Kumar alias Mani from Central Jail in Ludhiana, Punjab, was supplying weapons in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Haryana. Balkaran, previously involved in drug trafficking, was directed by Kumar to procure weapons from Madhya Pradesh for criminal activities.


India    07-Feb-2024

The Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) on February 7 arrested three associates of terrorists Harwinder Singh alias Rinda and Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, identified as Jobanjit Singh alias Joban, Bikramjit Singh alias Bikka and Kulwinder Singh alias Kala and seized two .32 calibre pistols along with 10 live cartridges and a Maruti Swift car from their possession, near Shafipur village in Amritsar district.


India    07-Feb-2024

The Akal Takht and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), on February 7, strongly denounced the recent amendment to the Nanded Sikh Gurdwara Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abhchal Nagar Sahib Act, 1956, by the Government of Maharashtra. The amendment increases government-nominated members to 12 out of 17, reducing SGPC's representation and omitting other Sikh organisations. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh deemed it an attempt to take direct control of the historic Sikh Shrine and ordered SGPC to urgently engage with the Maharashtra government to reverse the amendment. SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami urged Maharashtra Chief Minister (CM) Eknath Shinde to reconsider, citing resentment within the Sikh community over the perceived government dominance.


India    07-Feb-2024

Malerkotla police on February 7 arrested 13 proclaimed offenders (POs), identified as Daljit Singh Gopi, Kuldeep Singh Keepa, Rinku Pandit, Rajinder Singh Pappu, Raj Kaur, Karanveer Singh, Paramjit Kaur, Mohammad Rashid, Arshad, Shenaz, Rehman, Farid Ali and Bikar Singh, in Malerkotla in Malerkotla district in Punjab. The operation aimed to target anti-social elements, drug peddlers, and other notorious individuals posing a threat to regional peace. This successful operation underscores the determination to combat drug-related activities and maintain law and order in the region.


India    07-Feb-2024

The Supreme Court (SC) on February 7 denied bail to Gurwinder Singh alias Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, who is accused of promoting the Khalistani terror movement in India. Justices Sundresh and Kumar ruled that the delay in the trial wasn’t sufficient grounds for bail in serious offenses. They highlighted Singh's alleged complicity in a conspiracy and connections to the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), emphasizing that the usual bail jurisprudence doesn't apply to cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The accused's connections to the banned outfit, alleged receipt of funds for separatist activities, and involvement in ancillary terror acts further reinforced the denial of bail.


India    07-Feb-2024

Police on February 7 arrested a wanted gangster of the notorious Sonu Dariyapur gang, identified as Amit Kumar alias Amit Rana and seized a semi-automatic pistol of .32 bore, along with five live cartridges from his possession in Shalimar Bagh area in North West Delhi district in Delhi. He was wanted for providing logistical support to the gang and was involved in six cases including attempted murder, criminal intimidation, and Arms Act violations. The arrest followed a police operation after receiving specific information, where Rana attempted to fire at the police before being overpowered.


India    08-Feb-2024

Police on February 8 stated that it had arrested eight gangsters of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, identified as Sanjay Bawa, Deepak Kumar, Gajinder Rajpurat, Manoj, Pappu, Deepak Kumar ,Radhe and Abhishek Gill; and seized one pistol of .30 bore with five cartridges, one pistol of .32 bore with five cartridges, one country-made gun .315 bore, four magazines, one motorcycle and two scooters from their possession, near Dhobi Ghat near TV Tower in Jalandhar in Jalandhar district. According to the police, the gang had targeted industrialists and businessmen with international connections, including ties to gangster Suraj in the United Kingdom (UK). The investigation is ongoing to uncover further details about their operations.


India    08-Feb-2024

Punjab Police’s State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) on February 8 arrested a wanted gangster-cum-drug lord, and a close associate of terrorist Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, identified as Rajan Bhatti, and seized a .32 bore pistol with four live rounds, a .45 bore pistol with five live rounds, 270-gm heroin and INR 7,97,000 drug money from his possession in Sector 70 in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. Bhatti was injured in police firing during the operation. The arrest followed months of surveillance and intelligence efforts by Punjab Police. Bhatti, wanted in over 15 cases including drug smuggling and extortion, had evaded capture for years. His arrest is expected to aid in further investigations, with SSOC teams interrogating him for valuable information on his criminal network.


India    09-Feb-2024

According to the Police, gangster Rajan Bhatti, who was arrested by Punjab Police's State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) on February 8 in Mohali, was involved in smuggling heroin and illegal arms, facilitated by Punjab-based contacts in Uganda. Bhatti, associated with Canada-based terrorist Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, was wanted in multiple cases. Police recovered firearms, heroin, and drug money from his hideout in Sector 70. Bhatti, a proclaimed offender in several cases, was remanded to police custody for five days following his court appearance on February 9.


India    09-Feb-2024

Farm activists, in response to the Samyukt Kisan Morcha's (SKM) call, are scheduled to hold prayers in gurdwaras and temples on February 10 for the success of their agitation, which is set to begin on February 13. Preparation for the protest is underway, with activists arranging for long stays in Delhi with their tractor-trolleys.


India    09-Feb-2024

The police on February 9 busted an inter-state arms smuggling racket and arrested seven persons identified as Jashandeep Singh, Karandeep Singh, Sharanjit Singh, Deepak Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Narinder Singh, and one unidentified person and seized ten .32 bore caliber pistols, along with ten magazines and 15 live cartridges, a .12 bore double-barrel rifle, and a car from their possession in Amritsar in Amritsar district. The suspects were smuggling weapons from Madhya Pradesh to Punjab under the direction of Ritik Rally, based in Australia, and the incarcerated Kunal Mahajan. The police also suspect the involvement of a handler based in the United States (US) in the racket.


India    09-Feb-2024

The police on February 9 arrested Pardeep Kaler, a prime accused in the 2015 sacrilege incidents, a week after reports surfaced of him serving 'langar' at the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh (UP). He was arrested in Haryana. Kaler, formerly associated with Dera Sacha Sauda, had been evading arrest for eight years.


India    09-Feb-2024

A local Mohali court in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district on February 9 granted permission to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to extradite Canada-based gangster Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dalla, who allegedly has ties to the banned Khalistani terror group Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). Dalla is wanted for numerous heinous crimes including murder, extortion, and targeted killings, as well as facilitating terror activities by providing funding and weapons.


India    09-Feb-2024

The Maharashtra Government's amendments to the Nanded Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1956, have sparked protests, with leaders of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) joining demonstrators in Nanded, Maharashtra. The amendments would empower the government to nominate 12 members to the 17-member board, thereby reducing SGPC's representation. Sikh organizations, led by the Panj Pyaras, protested and submitted a memorandum to the Nanded Collector. SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami criticized the move, calling it an interference in Sikh affairs, and urged Chief Minister (CM) Eknath Shinde to reconsider.


India    09-Feb-2024

The Maharashtra state government announced that the Management Committee of Nanded Sikh Gurudwara in Nanded, Maharashtra, will exclusively comprise Sikh community members, emphasizing their expertise and contributions to society. Non-Sikh individuals won't be part of the committee. The government urged against misinformation and clarified that a bill would be presented in the Legislative Assembly for discussion. The new committee will consist of 17 members, including three elected representatives, two from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in Amritsar, and others appointed by the state government.


India    09-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 9 night, shot down a China-made drone near the International Border near Rosary village in Gurdaspur district. The drone was recovered by BSF Jawans on the morning of February 10.


India    10-Feb-2024

Anti-Gangster Task Force team of Rajasthan Police on February 10 arrested two active operatives of Lawrence Bishnoi, Rohit Godara and Vikram Gurjar alias Vikram Bamarda gang, identified as Boduram Gurjar and Bunty Gurjar and seized two illegal pistols, three magazines, two cartridges of 7.65 mm, five cartridges of 12 bore from their possession, in Sikar in Sikar district in Rajasthan. Their accomplice Sardar Gurjar and Rajkumar Gurjar managed to escaped, and efforts are underway to arrest them.


India    10-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 10 intercepted and recovered a drone near Chann Kalan village in Amritsar district. The drone was a Quadcopter model DJI Mavic 3 Classic, manufactured in China.


United States    10-Feb-2024

United States (US) Sikh bodies, including the Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and the American Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (AGPC), issued a joint statement strongly condemning the Maharashtra Government's attempt to amend the Nanded Sikh Gurdwara Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib Act of 1956, labelling it as interference in Sikh Gurdwara affairs. SCCEC and AGPC pledged to challenge this move in the Supreme Court of India and intend to raise the issue with international bodies such as the United Nations Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF) and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).


India    10-Feb-2024

Rajan Bhatti, a close associate of Canada-based terrorist Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, who was arrested on February 9 after an encounter, was sent to a five-day police remand on February 10, in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district in Punjab. Bhatti was wanted for multiple criminal cases including targeted killings and drug smuggling, with connections to Punjab-origin suppliers in Uganda, and faces charges in Punjab and Chandigarh, where he had previously evaded police custody multiple times.


India    10-Feb-2024

Punjab Member of Parliament (MP) Vikramjit Singh Sahney on February 10 urged the Central government to prioritize deploying anti-drone technology to combat drug addiction among the youth. He emphasized the need to address the connections between Pakistani drug suppliers, youth recruitment in border areas, and drug mafias in Indian jails. Sahney highlighted the serious concern of drugs being infiltrated via drones across the India-Pakistan border and called for stringent measures, tighter control over drug availability, and enhanced support for rehabilitation centers to effectively tackle the drug menace. He also commended the efforts of both the Central and Punjab governments in establishing anti-narcotics task forces and special operation cells to combat drug trafficking and smuggling.


India    10-Feb-2024

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 10, urged the government to confer the Bharat Ratna on party stalwart Master Tara Singh, citing his unparalleled contribution to India's freedom and the retention of West Punjab within India. Badal emphasized that Tara Singh's efforts were crucial in preventing the loss of territories, including Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh, to Pakistan. Additionally, Badal highlighted Tara Singh's fearless struggle to keep areas from United Punjab to Delhi as part of India, thereby preventing Muhammad Ali Jinnah's ambitions for Pakistan's expansion.


India    10-Feb-2024

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong, reaffirmed Australia's respect for India's sovereignty and condemned the actions of Khalistani supporters in an interview with NDTV in New Delhi. She stated that their protests hold no status and emphasized the importance of a democratic society where all individuals feel safe and respected.


India    11-Feb-2024

According to sources, young men from lower-income families are frequently targeted for involvement in spreading pro-Khalistan propaganda across several States — Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and even Delhi. Exploiting their desperation for financial stability or better prospects abroad, handlers promise monetary rewards or job opportunities in countries like the United States (US) or Canada. However, investigations have revealed a pattern of exploitation, with individuals often left empty-handed after risking legal repercussions. The banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) has been implicated in orchestrating such schemes, utilising social media and connections abroad to recruit gullible individuals for their separatist agendas. Despite promises of rewards and opportunities, these individuals often find themselves caught in the legal net, with little to show for their involvement except disillusionment and disappointment.


Canada    11-Feb-2024

Victor Fedeli, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade for the Ontario province of Canada, is set to commence a week-long mission to India on February 12. The purpose of this mission is to attract Indian tech businesses to the Canadian province of Ontario. This visit marks the first significant Canadian leadership visit to India since bilateral tensions escalated following the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.


India    11-Feb-2024

Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi on February 11 released commemorative and currency coins on the bicentennial birth anniversary of Sikh philanthropist Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji, in New Delhi.


India    11-Feb-2024

Youth Sikh preacher Harvinder Singh Jamshedpuri, on February 11, stated that he strongly opposes government intervention in Sikh Takht Sahibs, emphasising the sanctity of religious sites and the need for community-led management during an address in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. He urged Gurudwara management in Jamshedpur to resolve internal matters internally. Additionally, he called upon Central Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (CGPC) Pradhan, Sardar Bhagwan Singh, to address Sikh community issues without government involvement, all while adhering to the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib Ji.


India    11-Feb-2024

The Special Task Force (STF) on February 11 busted a drug supply chain with the arrest of four persons identified as Jagdev Singh alias Jagga, Harpreet Singh alias Jassi, Jaspreet Singh alias Jassi, and Harinder Singh alias Harry, and seized 3.48 kg of heroin and 310 gm of ICE (Methamphetamine) from their possession, near GNE College on Gill Road in Ludhiana in Ludhiana district. The accused sourced drugs from a Nigerian national in New Delhi and distributed them to addicts in Punjab.


India    11-Feb-2024

The Police and the Border Security Force (BSF), in a joint operation on February 11, arrested a smuggler identified as Sukhchain Singh and seized 1 kg of heroin from his possession near Chhanga Rai Hithar village in Firozpur district. The police revealed that information was received about Sukhchain Singh and Mangal Singh receiving heroin consignments from Pakistani smugglers, leading to the arrest of Sukhchain Singh. Upon interrogation, Sukhchain revealed the location of two 500 gm heroin consignments hidden in a field along the international border, subsequently recovered by the authorities.


India    11-Feb-2024

Punjab Police and the Border Security Force (BSF) in a joint operation on February 11 recovered 500 gm of heroin and a drone, from fields near Awan Basau village in Amritsar district. The recovered drone was a Quadcopter model DJI Mavic 3 Classic manufactured in China.


India    11-Feb-2024

The city-1 police on February 11 arrested two persons, identified as Laddi and Kamaldeep and seized 50 gm of heroin from their possession in Abohar in Fazilka district, while one accomplice Shobha Singh remains at large. According to the Police, the trio were allegedly involved in smuggling heroin into Punjab, and selling it at high rates for profit.


India    11-Feb-2024

Haryana authorities have fortified the state's border with Punjab at Shambhu near Ambala district ahead of the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march on February 13. They have deployed concrete blocks, sandbags, and anti-riot vehicles. Similar arrangements have been made in Jind and Fatehabad districts, with concrete blocks and spike strips placed on roads to thwart the march. Mobile internet services and bulk SMS have been suspended in seven districts, including Ambala, Kurukshetra, and Jind, from February 11 to 13. The farmers, demanding a minimum support price (MSP) guarantee and other reforms, plan to head to Delhi from various borders, including Ambala-Shambhu, Khanauri-Jind, and Dabwali. Districts like Ambala and Kaithal have imposed Section 144, while Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal criticized the Haryana government's efforts to deter the farmers' movement, emphasizing their readiness for dialogue with the Centre.


India    11-Feb-2024

Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann on February 11 criticized the Haryana government for creating a border 'between Punjab and India' by fortifying the state's border with Punjab ahead of the farmers' 'Dilli Chalo' march, comparing it to the border with Pakistan. The border sealing includes concrete blocks, sandbags, barbed wire, and anti-riot vehicles at Shambhu near Ambala, with similar arrangements in Jind and Fatehabad districts of Haryana. The farmers' unions plan to march to Delhi on February 13 to press for minimum support price (MSP) and other demands.


India    11-Feb-2024

The Sikh group Dal Khalsa has voiced opposition to the awarding of the Bharat Ratna to former Prime Minister (PM) Narasimha Rao, citing his alleged involvement as a 'prime suspect' in the 1984 Delhi massacre of Sikhs during his tenure as the Union Home Minister (UHM). Additionally, they criticized the honouring of LK Advani, who had previously labeled the Anandpur Sahib Resolution as a 'separatist document.'


Canada    12-Feb-2024

On February 12, the property of Inderjit Singh Gosal, a close associate of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, was hit by gunfire in Brampton in Ontario province in Canada. The construction crew discovered a bullet hole in the unfinished house. Gosal is a vocal proponent of Khalistan and collaborates closely with Khalistani terrorist and the chief of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.


India    12-Feb-2024

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on February 12 busted an international drug racket operating across Delhi-NCR, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Dubai, with the arrest of nine unidentified people, including three Mexicans, and seized more than 15 kg of methamphetamine (ICE), 9 kg of pseudoephedrine and other chemicals from their possession, in Ludhiana in Ludhiana district. An advocate from Mohali is identified as the prime suspect, with reports suggesting that the cartel ran a laboratory-like facility in Ludhiana for preparing drugs. Earlier, on February 9, had carried out a raid at a local gym and had arrested the owner Gurmail Singh alias Garry and had seized equipment valued at INR 37 lakh. The gym was reportedly operated by a member of the drug syndicate, identified as Akshay Chhabra.


India    12-Feb-2024

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit plans his sixth visit to the border districts of Punjab from February 20 onwards to address concerns related to drug and weapon smuggling from Pakistan. His agenda includes meetings with central and state officials to review progress and tackle new challenges in border security, infrastructure, and combating smuggling. Purohit aims to enhance coordination between agencies, engage local residents, and strengthen Village Defence Committees (VDCs) to gather ground-level insights and address border issues effectively.


India    12-Feb-2024

The Special Task Force (STF) of Ludhiana Range on February 12 arrested a Nigerian drug peddler, identified as Frank Chubaeji and seized 260 gm of methamphetamine (ICE) from his possession in the Daba area of Ludhiana district. He had a history of drug-related arrests and was declared a proclaimed offender by the court. Additionally, he acted as a liaison between Punjab-based peddlers and suppliers in New Delhi.


India    12-Feb-2024

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the chief of the Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), released a video on February 12 urging Indian farmers to seize Delhi and hoist Khalistan flags. This action has intensified concerns about radical infiltration within the ongoing protest movement. In the video, Pannun specifically calls for placing Khalistan flags on the chest and house of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Furthermore, he attempts to fuel the Khalistani movement by invoking the names of deceased youth from Punjab who were victims of terrorism. Pannun’s call to action highlights the efforts to hijack the farmers’ protest for separatist agendas.


India    12-Feb-2024

The "Dilli Chalo" protest by farmers is set to begin on the morning of February 13 despite heavy deployment of forces, as negotiations between farmer leaders and Union ministers failed.


India    12-Feb-2024

Police on February 12 arrested two drug peddlers, identified as Sarwan Singh and Sukhdev Singh and seized 2 kg of heroin from their possession at a checkpoint near Defence Drain Bridge in Gharindi village in Amritsar district. They were apprehended while transporting the heroin in a white Alto car, allegedly obtained from Pakistan via drones. The suspects attempted to evade capture, but their car overturned during a police chase. Both were injured and taken to the hospital before being detained.


India    13-Feb-2024

According to sources, at least 13 individuals, including journalists, suffered severe injuries as the Haryana Police fired tear gas shells to prevent protesting farmers from forcibly entering Haryana via the Shambhu border near Shambhu village in the Patiala district of Punjab. Additionally, over 10 security personnel were injured due to stone-throwing by the farmers.


India    13-Feb-2024

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on February 13 stated that the government has done more for the farm sector than the UPA government and remains open to further discussions despite the breakdown of talks with farmers in Chandigarh. He also emphasized the need for broader discussions on new farmer issues and reiterated the government's commitment to farmer welfare. Thakur pointed out a significant increase in the agriculture budget under the Modi government, from INR 27,662 crore in 2013-14 to over INR 1.25 lakh crore presently. He highlighted initiatives such as the Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme and crop insurance benefits. Thakur also emphasized the government's investment in irrigation schemes and stressed the importance of comprehensive dialogue to address farmer concerns.


India    13-Feb-2024

On February 13, a viral video surfaced, depicting a supposed protester from the farmers' protest advocating for Khalistan and expressing a willingness to join Pakistan. This has led to accusations of radical separatist infiltration in the ongoing farmers' protest in India.


India    13-Feb-2024

Haryana Police used tear gas and drones to disperse farmers advancing towards Delhi. Despite a meeting with Union ministers yielding no results, farmers remain determined to continue their 'Delhi Chalo' march, intensifying pressure on the government. The presence of diverse motivations within the protest movement and potential radical elements advocating for separatist causes has prompted widespread discussion.


Canada    13-Feb-2024

It is said that the Khalistan movement, which has its roots in Punjab’s 1970s-80s turbulence, gains more traction in North America, particularly in Canada, due to factors such as immigration waves, media echo chambers, and perceived alienation. However, recent surveys reveal that the overwhelming majority of Sikhs, both in India and abroad, strongly identify with their Indian heritage. This finding contradicts the narrative propagated by Khalistan separatists. Recognizing the resilience and commitment to peace among Sikhs, it is essential to move beyond the Khalistan discourse and appreciate their diverse contributions to society.


India    13-Feb-2024

Police on February 13 arrested an individual named Adil Manzoor Langoo for killing two migrant workers from Punjab in Srinagar on February 7, from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. The investigations revealed that Langoo, who was in contact with a handler in Pakistan, conspired to commit the crime. The victims, Amritpal Singh and Rohit Masih, were targeted in a terrorist attack claimed by ‘The Resistance Front (TRF)’, a proxy of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Langoo was provided with the weapon by his handler, further motivating the attack.


India    13-Feb-2024

Police on February 13 seized 520 grams of heroin from fields behind a house in Daoke village in Amritsar district, following a tip-off. The villagers aided in the operation. A case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered against unidentified individuals.


India    14-Feb-2024

Sarwan Singh Pandher, General Secretary of the Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, denounced the portrayal of farmers with false narratives during a press conference in New Delhi on February 14. He rebutted allegations of affiliations with Khalistan, left-wing, or political parties, asserting that farmers agitate irrespective of political ties. Pandher urged the Prime Minister to enact legislation guaranteeing Minimum Support Price (MSP) and criticized accusations of expanding demands, emphasizing consistency in their objectives and willingness for dialogue.


Canada    14-Feb-2024

Peel Regional Police are investigating a shooting at the home of Inderjeet Singh Gosal, an organizer of a rally supporting Khalistan, amidst tensions between Sikh activists and opponents of the independence movement in Brampton, Canada. This incident follows another shooting targeting Simrinjeet Singh, a friend of the slain Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, escalating friction within the Indian diaspora. Gosal is associated with the Khalistani terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and allegedly has faced threats and scrutiny, with authorities probing potential links to his Khalistan affiliation.


United Kingdom    14-Feb-2024

According to reports, in the United Kingdom (UK), several Sikh activists, including Kulwant Singh Mothada, fear for their lives after being named on a "hit list" by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA). While no concrete evidence links the list to actual assassinations, there have been deaths among those associated with the movement, such as Paramjit Singh Panjwar and Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Despite lacking definitive proof, the existence of the list exacerbates fears within the Sikh community regarding potential threats from Indian authorities. Mothada and others remain cautious, believing that the UK government is overlooking the threat from India.


India    14-Feb-2024

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) staff of Punjab Police on February 14 arrested two drug peddlers identified as Vikash and Honey and seized over 1 kg of heroin from their possession in Chheharta in Amritsar district. Further investigation revealed their involvement in drug trafficking in the Chheharta area, prompting ongoing raids to arrest their suppliers.


India    14-Feb-2024

According to sources, on February 14, the second day of the 'Dilli Chalo' protest, approximately 50 farmers were injured by rubber bullets and tear gas fired by Haryana Police at Shambhu border near Shambhu village in Patiala district. Additionally, 12 farmers were injured at Khanauri in Sangrur district. The Punjab Government activated medical teams and ambulances, pledging to cover the treatment costs for the injured. Union leaders emphasized the need for dialogue with the government while highlighting the tense atmosphere hindering discussions.


India    14-Feb-2024

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Special Task Force (STF) on February 14 arrested a key figure involved in procuring illegal firearms from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on behalf of the notorious Vicky Tyagi gang, identified as Vinay Tyagi, from near Mawana Bus Stand in Meerut district in UP. Vinay disclosed that Rakshit Tyagi, Vicky's son, was his associate and managed to escape arrest. Vinay admitted to supplying weapons to Rakshit, underscoring Rakshit's pivotal role.


India    15-Feb-2024

After two days of confrontation, the situation at the Shambhu border between protesting farmers and Haryana Police remained relatively calm on February 15, near Shambhu village in Patiala district of Punjab. No attempts were made by farmers to enter Haryana, leading to a decrease in tension. Farmers continued to camp at the border, delaying their march towards Delhi as they awaited the outcome of meetings between their leaders and Union ministers.


India    15-Feb-2024

Police on February 15 arrested three persons identified as Lovpreet Singh, Sher Singh Shera and Jajbir Singh and seized 310 gm of heroin from their possession, in Van Tara Singh village in Tarn Taran district.


India    15-Feb-2024

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on February 15 urged the Prime Minister to intervene and address farmers' demands, including a law guaranteeing Minimum Support Price (MSP), in Chandigarh. The ministers—Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Arjun Munda, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai—are set to meet with farmers to discuss their grievances.


India    15-Feb-2024

Lakha Sidhana, a former gangster turned pro-Khalistan activist, was spotted at Delhi's farmer protest sites, urging defiance against police barricades. With a history of criminal activity and political involvement, Sidhana's presence has heightened security concerns, given his pending cases and prior association with militant groups. In his statements, he accused the government of exploiting farmers and called for regime change, raising fears of violence amidst the already tense protests against new agricultural laws.


India    15-Feb-2024

A video circulating on social media shows an alleged farmer expressing fervent anti-Indian sentiments amidst the ongoing farmer protests in India. In the video, the farmer passionately appeals to the international community for intervention, citing perceived injustices and sacrifices made by Punjabis. He can be seen stating, 'We appeal to the international community to intervene. We don't want to live with these people (Indians).' Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Khattar has criticized the farmers' methods, particularly their planned march towards Delhi, likening it to an army offensive. Despite resistance, predominantly Punjab farmers remain steadfast at border points, awaiting the Centre's proposals before deciding on their next move, highlighting the ongoing tensions surrounding the protests.


India    15-Feb-2024

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) announced on February 15 that its offices and educational institutions would remain closed on February 16 in solidarity with the Bharat Bandh (shutdown) called by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and farmers' unions of India. SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami emphasized the significance of farmers in the country's economy, urging the government to promptly address their demands to preserve farming culture and ensure farmers' well-being.


India    15-Feb-2024

On February 15, Harjinder Singh Dhami, the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), strongly condemned the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee's (HSGMC) violation of etiquette at historic Gurdwaras. He highlighted police accommodation in Guru Ghars during the farmers' protests, alleging alcohol and drug consumption by officers, which hurt Sikh sentiments. Dhami warned against government influence on Gurdwara Committees and called for the protection of sacred places from arbitrary actions. He appealed to Jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh of Sri Akal Takht Sahib to address these incidents promptly.


India    15-Feb-2024

Police on February 15 arrested two unidentified opium smugglers and seized 1 kg of opium from their possession in Kanal in Bathinda in Bathinda district. The court ordered the accused to be remanded into police custody for 2 days.


India    15-Feb-2024

An internet ban has been imposed in three Punjab districts - Patiala, Sangrur, and Fatehgarh Sahib - until February 16, amidst intermittent shelling and tear gas at the Shambhu border near Shambhu village in Patiala district in Punjab. The agitation, led by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM), seeks Minimum Support Price (MSP) laws and other farmer-centric reforms, while security measures, including the use of Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), are heightened at protest sites.


India    16-Feb-2024

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on February 16 raided the house of international drug smuggler Akshay Chhabra and seized five of his vehicles, worth around RUB 44.50 million, near Dugri in Ludhiana district. These vehicles were allegedly purchased with drug money. Earlier, on November 15, 2022, the NCB Chandigarh team had recovered a staggering 20,326 kg of heroin from Chhabra. This latest raid underscores the authorities' ongoing efforts to crack down on drug trafficking networks operating within the region.


India    16-Feb-2024

The Aam Aadmi Party-led Punjab government objected to the Centre's invocation of special powers under the British-era Telegraph Act of 1886 to ban mobile internet in Patiala, Sangrur, and Fatehgarh Sahib districts of Punjab from February 12 to 16, citing a public emergency and law-and-order concerns based on Intelligence Bureau (IB) reports. Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann, on February 15, protested during a meeting with Union ministers, asserting that the Centre had bypassed the state government's authority. While the Centre claimed no obligation to inform the state, Punjab officials highlighted the rare instance of the Union government issuing internet suspension orders outside Delhi. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) issued orders on February 12, invoking the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services rules, affecting specific areas in the mentioned districts, with a brief ban in Bathinda, Mansa, and Barnala.


India    16-Feb-2024

Amritsar rural police, on February 16, busted a major drug syndicate being operated from Dubai by arresting five peddlers identified as Sarwan Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Vishal Singh, Harmeet Singh, and Hari Singh along with 4.4 kg of heroin, a .32 bore pistol along with 5 bullets, two cars, a tractor, and INR 3.8 lakh in drug money from their possession in Gharinda, Amritsar district. The investigation also uncovered a significant hawala racket, revealing several financial transactions across different locations. The syndicate's operations were linked to Bantu of Mehta, who operated from Dubai. The arrests were made following the interrogation of two initial drug smugglers, Sarwan Singh and Sukhdev Singh, with the police seizing 2 kg of heroin from their possession. This was followed by the arrest of Vishal Singh, with the police seizing 900 gm of heroin and INR 3.8 lakh in drug money from his possession. Subsequently, Harmeet Singh and Hari Singh were arrested, with the police seizing 1.5 kg of heroin, a .32 bore pistol along with 5 bullets, and a tractor from their possession.


India    16-Feb-2024

According to sources, it was revealed that gangster Rajan Bhatti’s association with Punjab-based drug smugglers began during his incarceration in New Delhi's Tihar Jail, where he came in contact with them. Upon his release in April 2023, Bhatti engaged in heroin smuggling facilitated by his contacts in Uganda, with shipments originating from Afghanistan and processed in East African countries like Kenya and Uganda. The heroin, sold at lower prices in Punjab, was distributed locally, with proceeds laundered through hawala channels. Bhatti's network also extended to illegal arms procurement, as evidenced by a recent weapons consignment arranged by associates from Madhya Pradesh (MP).


Germany    16-Feb-2024

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on February 16 during the Munich Security Conference in Germany, held a bilateral meeting with his Canadian counterpart Mélanie Joly, marking their first formal engagement since tensions escalated over allegations linking Indian agents to the killing of Khalistani terrorist figure Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Described by sources as 'frank,' the meeting addressed current bilateral ties and global issues, including Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


India    16-Feb-2024

Police on February 23 arrested three sharpshooters of the Tillu Tajpuriya gang, identified as Rohit alias Laddu, Mohit, and Siddharth and seized three pistols, two live cartridges, two empty cartridges, a mobile phone, and a car from their possession after a brief exchange of fire in Alipur, North Delhi district in Delhi.


India    17-Feb-2024

A viral video, shared by a user on February 17, depicts a Sikh man allegedly threatening the life of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, garnering over 6 lakh views and 15,000 likes. In the video, the man claims that in the coming years, PM Modi might be killed. The authenticity of the video and the speaker's identity remain unverified. The threat evokes historical tensions, reminiscent of the assassination of Prime Minister (PM) Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards after Operation Blue Star.


India    17-Feb-2024

On February 17, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Member of Parliament (MP) Vikramjit Singh Sahney and Congress Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Pargat Singh raised concerns about hate propaganda targeting Sikhs amid ongoing farmers' protests, through posts on the social media site X. Sahney urged Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister (UHM) Amit Shah to ban social media accounts promoting hate speech. He highlighted screenshots of handles calling for a repeat of the 1984 Sikh genocide. MLA Pargat Singh criticized the Punjab government and police for not taking action against such accounts, while pro-farm social media accounts faced suspension by the central government.


India    17-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 17 recovered 440 gm of heroin from farming fields near Bharopal Village in Amritsar district.


India    17-Feb-2024

The police on February 17 arrested two men, Sukhdeep Singh and Mahinder Singh, for making extortion calls to a local businessman, posing as aides of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, and demanding INR 30 lakh from him, in Sri Muktsar Sahib district in Punjab.


India    17-Feb-2024

The police on February 17 recovered several electronic gadgets from the cells of National Security Act detainees, including members of the pro-Khalistani group Waris Punjab De (WPD) and its leader Amritpal Singh, in Dibrugarh Central Jail in Assam. Confiscated items included smartphones, pen drives, and Bluetooth devices. Additional security measures, such as installing extra CCTV cameras, were implemented.


Canada    17-Feb-2024

On February 17, Khalistani protesters, some waving Khalistan flags, gathered outside the Indian consulate in Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, to mark the eight months since the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. During the demonstration, protestors burned and cut Indian flags, while others made statements primarily in Punjabi over loudspeakers, expressing condemnation of India.


India    17-Feb-2024

Jobanjit Singh Sandhu, a key accused in the Mundra port drugs haul case, escaped police custody on February 17 in Punjab while being transported from Amritsar to Bhuj jail in Kutch, Gujarat. Sandhu was initially arrested in connection with the massive seizure of 2,988 kilograms of heroin valued at INR 21,000 crore at Gujarat's Mundra port in 2021.


India    17-Feb-2024

The police on February 17 arrested one individual identified as Namdev, along with an unidentified accomplice, and seized 1 kg of heroin, INR 60,000 in drug money, and a scooter from his possession in Hardo Rattan village in Amritsar district. Based on information provided by him, the police, on February 18, recovered 2 kg of heroin near the defense drain in Hardo Rattan village. Namdev disclosed that he received location coordinates from Pakistan-based smugglers, implicating Tanvir, also known as Rana, in drug peddling.


India    18-Feb-2024

The Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) of the Punjab Police shot dead gangster Gurmeet Singh Mann alias Kala Dhanaula, during an encounter in Barnala in Barnala district in Punjab, on February 18. Dhanaula was wanted in over 40 cases and was the head of his own gang. Three of his accomplices were arrested at the scene, while two policemen sustained injuries during the operation.


India    18-Feb-2024

Police on February 18 arrested two additional members of a gang responsible for armed robberies at petrol pumps, including an incident involving firing at a police party, identified as Mohan Kumar alias Mandeep and Akash Kumar and seized two pistols and six cartridges from their possession near Taragarh village in Hoshiarpur district. the gang had committed multiple crimes, including looting INR 50,000 from a petrol pump in Poonge village and INR 15,000 from another pump in Dasuya in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab.


Canada    18-Feb-2024

According to reports, Canada offers workshops to Indian officials on the rule of law, emphasizing differences in legal standards. Allegations of Indian interference in Canadian affairs have led to diplomatic strains, resulting in halted trade talks and temporarily suspended visas.


India    18-Feb-2024

Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar, a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) representing Amritsar South, retained the presidency of the Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) in the recent elections held on February 18, securing 247 votes against former IRS officer Surinderjit Singh Pal. However, the opposition claimed a significant victory by securing one key post of honorary secretary, with Ramneek Singh Freedom defeating Ajit Singh Basra. The CKD, a 120-year-old Sikh organization, operates numerous educational and welfare institutions. Dr. Nijjar emphasizes a commitment to furthering its mission, inspired by the ideals of Bhai Vir Singh.


India    18-Feb-2024

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) has extended internet suspension to 20 police stations across seven districts in Punjab, up from 11 stations in three districts previously. The suspension will remain in effect until midnight on February 24. Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann criticized the central government's decision, expressing his intent to revoke the suspension. This move follows UMHA's earlier telecom service suspension in Shutrana, Khanauri, and Fatehgarh Sahib due to Bharat Bandh (shutdown) calls by farmer unions on February 15.


India    18-Feb-2024

In a video shared on social media, the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) chief, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, on February 18 called upon protesting farmers to arm themselves with weapons and 'use a bullet for a bullet.' He claimed that weapons were readily available at Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan and across the international border with Rajasthan, igniting concerns amid ongoing farmer’s demonstrations in India. Pannun's call for violence was swiftly dismissed by Pakistani authorities as baseless.


India    19-Feb-2024

Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Parliament) member, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, expressed concern on February 19 via a statement over social media accounts propagating hate speech against the Sikh community. He urged the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur, to take immediate action by blocking such accounts under the IT Rules 2021 and filing First Information Reports (FIR) against the perpetrators.


United States    19-Feb-2024

The Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and the American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) voiced their support for the farmers' protest in India during a convention held at Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar in Carteret, New Jersey, in the United States (US) on February 19. They urged the Indian government to enact an ordinance legalizing Minimum Support Prices (MSP) to cover input costs and provide a 50% overhead premium for 23 crops. Additionally, they demanded the dismissal of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, whose son was linked to the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, and the withdrawal of criminal cases against the involved farmers.


Canada    19-Feb-2024

According to a senior official source from Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Canada has also raised concerns regarding Khalistani extremism and transnational crime, which are significant issues for India, with ongoing exchanges between the two countries through the Canada-India counter-terrorism working group. This was also revealed by the testimony of Weldon Epp, assistant deputy minister for the Indo-Pacific, before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. The group is expected to meet soon, with details being finalised for an April meeting.


India    19-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 19 recovered one packet of suspected heroin weighing 700 gm, during an extensive search operation near Roranwala Khurd village in Amritsar district.


India    19-Feb-2024

The Jalandhar Police Commissionerate on February 19 busted a drug smuggling racket by arresting one person identified as Rohit Kumar and seized 200 grams of heroin from his possession, near Joginder Nagar T-point in Rama Mandi in Jalandhar district.


India    20-Feb-2024

Khalistani terrorist and the chief of the banned terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, on February 20, threatened to disrupt the fourth cricket test match between India and England, scheduled to take place from February 23 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. In a shared video, Pannun urged Maoists to cause disturbance, cancel the match, and called for raising Maoist and Khalistan flags during the event. The Jharkhand Police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against him on the same day.


India    20-Feb-2024

A Sikh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in West Bengal, Jaspreet Singh, on February 20, accused Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders of calling him a 'Khalistani' when he prevented them from going to Sandeshkhali in West Bengal, where allegations of sexual abuse by a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader emerged. The confrontation between Singh and BJP leaders, including Suvendu Adhikari, was captured in a viral video. BJP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Agnimitra Paul denied the accusation, stating that Singh was neglecting his duties. The incident sparked condemnation from various quarters. West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee criticized the BJP for insulting the Sikh community, while Congress leaders and Sikhs expressed solidarity with Singh and called for action against hate speech.


India    20-Feb-2024

United States (US) Deputy Secretary of State Richard Verma on February 20 stated that India is treating allegations of Indian officials' involvement in a plot to kill a Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun seriously, while speaking at an event in New Delhi. In November 2023, US prosecutors charged Nikhil Gupta, an Indian national, with attempting to hire a hitman to kill Pannun, alleging recruitment by an Indian government official. India initiated a high-level inquiry into the matter, and the US expressed gratitude for India's seriousness in addressing the issue. Additionally, US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chair Ben Cardin approved military drone sales to India contingent on a thorough investigation and credible accountability.


India    20-Feb-2024

In a circulating audio clip on social media on February 20, Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh is heard saying that CCTV cameras were installed in his cell, despite the authorities banning all mobile and electronic devices in the prison. Amritpal Singh is currently being held at Dibrugarh Jail in Dibrugarh in Assam.


India    20-Feb-2024

Assam Director General of Police (DGP) GP Singh arrived in Dibrugarh Jail on February 20, after several electronic devices were discovered in the National Security Act (NSA) cell of Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh and his associates on February 17 in Dibrugarh Jail in Dibrugarh in Assam. DGP GP Singh confirmed the recovery of unauthorised items, including smartphones and spy devices, from the cell, while steps are being taken to prevent recurrence, in accordance with the NSA provisions. Meanwhile, Amritpal Singh’s Lawyer Rajdev Singh Khalsa accused authorities of conspiring to harm Singh and ten others, alleging unstable health conditions and a plot to kill them.


Canada    20-Feb-2024

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Corporal Sarbjit Sangha on February 20 stated that two teenagers have been charged by the RCMP over a shooting at the home of Simranjeet Singh, with no evidence found linking the incident to foreign interference, in Surrey, British Columbia province in Canada.


India    20-Feb-2024

Deputy Commissioner Mr. Ghansham Thori on February 20, commended the effectiveness of Village Defence Committees (VDC) in border villages, formed on Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit's instructions to monitor drug activities and liaise with police, at a meeting with Village Defence Committees of Ghonewal, Saidogaji, Misoke, Singoke and Panj Garani villages in Amritsar district. Thori lauded the Committees' performance and rewarded those excelling in their duties. He urged them to report any cross-border drug trafficking, particularly through drones, emphasising youth engagement to combat drug addiction.


India    20-Feb-2024

The Amritsar rural police on February 20 busted a hawala (illegal money transfer) racket being operated from Dubai by arresting three persons identified as Rajiv Jain, Gurpreet Singh and Anokh Singh and seized INR 55.90 lakh from their possession in Amritsar in Amritsar district, following information revealed by drug smuggler Vishal Singh during his interrogation. So far, the Police have arrested eight members of the drug and hawala network, with 4.4 kg of heroin along with three cars, an SUV and a tractor confiscated, leading to further investigations into a United States (US) based hawala operator named Vicky and connections to a Dubai-based drug cartel led by an individual known as Bantu.


India    20-Feb-2024

The Indian government on February 20 temporarily blocked 177 social media accounts and web links related to the farmers' protest, citing maintenance of law and order under Section 69A of the IT Act. Orders issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology at the request of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) cover platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Accounts are set to be restored after the conclusion of the farmers' agitation.


India    20-Feb-2024

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on February 20 urged the Centre to address their demands, including a legal guarantee on Minimum Support Price (MSP), implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's "C2 plus 50 percent" formula, and farm loan waivers in Chandigarh. This comes after farmers rejected the government's proposal to procure pulses, maize, and cotton at MSP for five years. Pandher emphasized the need for a parliamentary law on MSP and urged Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi to announce a farm loan waiver, citing farmers' total debt of INR 18.5 lakh crore.


India    20-Feb-2024

On February 20, an appeal was made by the Farmers Union in villages in Punjab, urging supporters to converge at the Shambhu border in Patiala district and join farmers in marching to Delhi on February 21. Heavy police presence in and around Rajpura was implemented to regulate traffic, while talks with farmer unions persisted, albeit with little indication of reconsideration as they remained committed to proceeding to Delhi on February 21.


India    20-Feb-2024

The incident involving Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari, who allegedly called an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Jaspreet Singh, a Khalistani during an altercation in Sandeshkhali, sparked protests on February 20 across West Bengal. Members of the Sikh community protested outside the BJP headquarters in Kolkata. The Bengal Police is considering legal action against Adhikari under IPC section 295A for religious insult, while Adhikari denied making personal remarks and accused Singh of rudeness.


India    21-Feb-2024

Relatives of Khalistani preacher and the leader of Waris Punjab De (WPD), Amritpal Singh and nine Sikh youth detained under the National Security Act (NSA) in Dibrugarh jail in Assam, demanded their return to Punjab. Their relatives allege severe human rights violations, including the installation of spy cameras by jail authorities in various areas where the detainees reside. The relatives fear that peaceful protests may lead to physical and mental torture by jail authorities. The representation has been submitted to Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann through the Amritsar deputy commissioner.


India    21-Feb-2024

Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann, on February 21, condemned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for questioning the patriotism of a Sikh police officer, Jaspreet Singh, in West Bengal, emphasising the Sikh community's well-known patriotism and sacrifices for India's freedom. He highlighted the significant contributions of Sikhs, particularly farmers, toward making India self-reliant in food production. Mann criticized the BJP leaders for overlooking the historical sacrifices and contributions of the Sikh community.


India    21-Feb-2024

Security has been tightened in Ranchi, Jharkhand on February 21 ahead of the India-England cricket test match due to threats from designated Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. Recently, Pannun urged the banned CPI (Maoist) to disrupt the match via social media.


India    21-Feb-2024

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on February 21 was granted custody of Surender Singh alias Chiku in connection with a money laundering case involving the Lawrence Bishnoi gang and others by a special court in Panchkula in Haryana. Chiku was earlier lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail. Chiku, known as a close associate of Lawrence Bishnoi, faces accusations in around two dozen criminal cases, including attacks on police personnel.


India    21-Feb-2024

Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann, on February 21, ordered the deployment of all ambulances and Sadak Suraksha Force vehicles at farmer protest borders following the death of Shubhkaran Singh at the Khanauri border, near Khanauri village in Sangrur district of Punjab. Mann also promised exemplary punishment for officers responsible for Singh's death and pledged support to his family. He criticized the Centre for not addressing farmers' demands earlier, emphasizing the need for dialogue to prevent such tragedies.


Canada    21-Feb-2024

In Toronto, Canada, the residence of Simranjeet Singh, linked to Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, was shot at, sparking accusations from pro-Khalistan groups against India. However, Canadian authorities found no evidence of foreign involvement.


India    21-Feb-2024

The People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), in a press release, criticized a recent Supreme Court judgment dated February 7 that denied bail to Gurwinder Singh, a member of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), using the Watali jurisprudence. The PUCL argues that the court's reliance on Watali undermines constitutional principles and prioritizes the UAPA over constitutional rights. They highlight previous judgments, such as the bail grant to Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, which assessed evidence contrary to Watali.


India    21-Feb-2024

The police on February 21 arrested a 30-year-old man identified as Satyadev Tiru and seized 15 kg of opium from his possession at Ludhiana railway station in Ludhiana district. Tiru admitted to intending to deliver the opium to Phagwara in Punjab. He also confessed to having delivered opium in Punjab multiple times before and had previously smuggled over 80 kg of opium into the state.


India    21-Feb-2024

The Special Task Force (STF) on February 21 arrested two persons, identified as Shubham Kumar and his accomplice, Honey and seized 1.97 kg of heroin from their possession in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. Shubham, who had been involved in multiple criminal cases before, confessed to being unemployed and a drug addict. This highlights the nexus between unemployment, addiction, and drug trafficking in the region.


India    21-Feb-2024

On February 21, the Border Security Force (BSF) intercepted a drone and recovered 505 gm of heroin, along with the broken drone, near Changa Rai Hithar village in Ferozepur district. The drone was identified as a Quadcopter of the DJI Mavic 3 Classic model, manufactured in China.


India    22-Feb-2024

The police on February 22 two drug peddlers, including a woman identified as Usha Rani and Sona Singh, and seized 15 gm of heroin from their possession, from Tiwana Kalan village in Fazilka district.


India    22-Feb-2024

The police on February 22 arrested one person, identified as Lakhwinder Singh and seized 10 gm of heroin from his possession, in Fazilka in Fazilka district.


India    22-Feb-2024

The Delhi Police on February 22 arrested two sharpshooters of the Lawrence Bishnoi and Hashim Baba gang, identified as Amar and Danish, and seized two pistols and nine live cartridges along with a scooter from their possession after a gunfire encounter in Burari in North Delhi district in Delhi. Both Amar and Danish sustained bullet injuries in their legs. Amar has a criminal history with six cases, including robbery and attempted murder, while Danish is involved in two cases related to rioting and Arms Act violations.


India    22-Feb-2024

Farmers Unions on February 22 demanded INR 1 crore compensation from the Punjab Government for the death of young farmer Shubkaran Singh, while the government offered INR 40 lakh, at Shambhu Border near Shambhu village in Patiala district in Punjab.


India    22-Feb-2024

The Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (CGPC) in Jharkhand's Kolhan region on February 22 threatened to stage a dharna in West Bengal (WB) if action is not taken against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders who allegedly called a Sikh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer a 'Khalistani'. CGPC demanded immediate action from WB Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee, condemning the incident and asserting that it has crossed constitutional boundaries.


India    22-Feb-2024

Following an announcement by Balwinder Kaur, the mother of Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh, to stage a dharna on the Beas bridge in Amritsar, a heavy police force was deployed on February 22 to ensure law and order. However, the protest site was later shifted to Heritage Street in Amritsar.


India    22-Feb-2024

A Sikh community delegation from seven Gurdwaras submitted a memorandum to West Bengal (WB) Governor C V Ananda Bose in Kolkata on February 22, demanding action against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari for allegedly referring to Sikh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Jaspreet Singh as a 'Khalistani.' The governor assured that he would write to WB Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee for appropriate action and announced the establishment of a Punjabi Garden in Bhagat Singh's name.


India    22-Feb-2024

Criticism arose over the central government's suspension of certain social media accounts amid a broader confrontation, emphasizing the necessity for transparent processes.


India    22-Feb-2024

The labelling of a Sikh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer as 'Khalistani' in West Bengal raised concerns about profiling and the potential for such slurs to exacerbate tensions, emphasizing the importance of responsible political discourse.


India    22-Feb-2024

Activists and family members of detained pro-Khalistanis, led by Balwinder Kaur, the mother of Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh, who is the chief of Waris Punjab De (WPD), began an indefinite hunger strike outside Dibrugarh Jail in Assam on February 22. They are demanding the transfer of detainees to Punjab jails, expressing distrust in the government's ability to deliver justice. Despite rumored conflicts with the administration, they emphasize their resolve. The detainees have vowed to continue their hunger strike until being transferred to Punjab.


India    23-Feb-2024

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami on February 23 met with the families of Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh and his companions who are detained in Dibrugarh Jail in Assam, during their dharna in Amritsar in Punjab. The discussions included the detainees' situation, their hunger strike against government harassment, and the ongoing talks with the Punjab government. Dhami assured support, expressing SGPC's commitment to the cause, and mentioned plans to discuss the issue with Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib for further strategy.


India    23-Feb-2024

Police on February 23 arrested an operative of the Jaggu Bhagwanpuria gang identified as Guriqbalmeet Singh alias Robin and seized two pistols, 42 live rounds, six magazines, a mobile phone dongle with a SIM card, and an SUV from his possession in Bikaner district in Rajasthan. Police stated that he was involved in cross-border arms smuggling via drones and extortion calls. Robin, wanted in a prior case, formed an extortion gang with accomplices Jagmeet Singh and Gurmehar Singh, with connections to a Portugal-based gangster. Jagmeet was recently arrested, while Gurmehar is at large.


India    23-Feb-2024

Police on February 23 busted an inter-state opium smuggling gang and arrested three persons identified as Kartar Singh alias Kala, Sanjay Kumar, and Pradeep Kumar and seized 17.5 kg of opium, INR 15 lakh, and an SUV from their possession in Mandi Gobindgarh in Fatehgarh Sahib district in Punjab. The gang sourced opium from Jharkhand and distributed it locally. One suspect, identified as Anil Kumar, is still at large.


India    23-Feb-2024

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU - Ugrahan) observed a 'black day' in response to the call by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) to protest against the death of farmer Shubhkaran Singh in Sangrur district, Punjab. They burnt effigies of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister (UHM) Amit Shah, and Haryana Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar.


India    23-Feb-2024

The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) staff of the Police on February 23 arrested four persons, identified as David Sidhu, Gagan Sidhu, Anshul Thakur, and Dharminder alias Sunny and seized five illegal .32 bore pistols, ten magazines and 20 live rounds from their possession in Ferozepur in Ferozepur district.


India    23-Feb-2024

On February 23, an elderly farmer, Darshan Singh, passed away due to cardiac arrest at the Khanauri border near Khanauri village in the Sangrur district of Punjab. He had been actively participating in the ongoing farmers' protest demanding various issues, including legal Minimum Support Price (MSP) and debt waiver.


India    23-Feb-2024

Nihang Sikhs, known for their warrior tradition, have joined the farmers in the ongoing farmers' protest near Delhi, citing a duty to fight against injustice. The Nihangs had previously participated in a similar protest in 2021 and have emphasized their solidarity with the farmers' cause.


India    23-Feb-2024

The West Bengal (WB) Police, on February 23, filed a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for calling a Sikh police officer a 'Khalistani' during a BJP march. The officer, Jaspreet Singh, was allegedly targeted by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, as per police claims. The FIR cites sections including outraging religious feelings and promoting enmity between communities. The incident occurred amidst tensions over accusations against a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader in Sandeshkhali in WB.


United Kingdom    23-Feb-2024

United Kingdom (UK) Member of Parliament (MP), Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, raised concerns about the safety of protesting farmers in Punjab and freedom of expression in the UK Parliament on February 23. Dhesi, known for advocating on Sikh and Indian issues, questioned the UK government's stance on protecting human rights. He had previously criticized India's actions in Kashmir and voiced opposition to police force against farmers during the 2020-21 protests. Additionally, in August 2023, Dhesi faced immigration issues in India.


India    24-Feb-2024

The Bandel Gurudwara Singh Sabha spokesperson Devendra Singh Chawla on February 24 decried the Khalistan remarks by BJP leader referring to a Sikh IPS officer as defamatory and unconstitutional and urged Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee's intervention while speaking at a protest rally organised in Bandel in West Bengal.


India    24-Feb-2024

Police on February 24 arrested an inter-state drug supplier who had been evading authorities for the past year, identified as Kanwarbir Singh at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi as he attempted to flee to Canada. He was identified as the kingpin of an interstate narcotics cartel.


India    24-Feb-2024

Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) leader Sarwan Singh Pandher stated on February 24 that the farmers will not halt their agitation until their demands are met. Despite clashes and a protester's death, the movement continues at Khanauri and Shambhu barriers on the Punjab-Haryana border. Talks with the government have failed to yield results, and the next course of action will be decided on February 29.


India    24-Feb-2024

The Ludhiana Police on February 24 busted a gang of snatchers and arrested three of its members identified as Arvinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh and Ajay Kumar and seized 25 mobile phones, a sharp weapon and a motorcycle from their possession, in Ludhiana in Ludhiana district.


India    24-Feb-2024

Balwinder Kaur, the mother of Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh, in Amritsar on February 24, stated that she will continue her hunger strike despite the suggestion from the Akal Takht Jathedar to end it


United States    24-Feb-2024

A musician (ragi) with a Sikh kirtan group, identified as Raj Singh alias Goldy, was shot dead in a suspected hate crime outside a gurdwara at Selma in Alabama in the United States (US) on February 24. His family awaits post-mortem results and seeks justice, as well as the arrest of the perpetrators. This marks the second murder of an Indian-origin individual in the region this month, prompting concerns over hate crimes.


Pakistan    25-Feb-2024

According to sources, the Pakistan Singh Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee (PSGPC) has undergone reconstitution, raising concerns among some Pakistani Sikhs and the Indian government. The committee comprises 13 members, including three official representatives and 10 others, notably Ramesh Singh Arora, Tara Singh, and Maheesh Singh, who are first-generation converted Sikhs. There are apprehensions regarding their appointment to key positions within the committee, with objections raised against their lack of traditional Sikh upbringing and potential affiliations. Additionally, individuals like Ramesh Singh Arora have drawn scrutiny from the Indian government due to familial ties with individuals wanted for criminal activities. The reconstitution has sparked discussions surrounding religious representation and geopolitical implications.


Canada    25-Feb-2024

According to reports, trade talks between Canada and India remain stalled following Canada's accusation of Indian involvement in the killing of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's public accusation in September 2023 strained bilateral relations, leading to a pause in negotiations. Despite signs of improvement in the relationship, including Canada's designation of India as a priority market, trade negotiations remain paused. Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng has expressed willingness to discuss the matter at a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting. India's High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Verma, stated in an interview that India awaits Canada's decision on whether to resume talks.


India    25-Feb-2024

Police on February 25 dismantled an inter-state weapon smuggling network and arrested three associates of terrorist Lakhbir Singh Landa, identified as Kunal, Gurlal, and Parvez and seized twelve .32 bore pistols, five .34 bore pistols, 33 magazines, and 20 live cartridges from their possession in Jalandhar in Jalandhar district. The weapons were confiscated from various locations in Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts of Punjab.


India    25-Feb-2024

The CIA-II branch of the Police, on February 25, arrested a member of the notorious Tillu Tajpuriya gang identified as Kunal alias Shati, and seized an illegal country-made pistol and a stolen motorcycle from his possession near Kanaunda village in Jhajjar district of Haryana. The police stated that Kunal is an associate of Chiku Dhankar, who now leads the gang after Tajpuriya's demise.


India    25-Feb-2024

The Kirti Kisan Union (KKU) on February 25 announced protests scheduled for February 29 at all district headquarters in the state of Haryana. This call to action was prompted by their perception of the Haryana Police's repression of farmers. After investigating the case of Pritpal Singh, a victim of alleged police brutality, the union condemned the actions as fascist. They attribute responsibility for this to Union Home Minister (UHM) Amit Shah and Haryana's Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar. The union deems the police operation entering Punjab's territory as illegal and unconstitutional.


India    25-Feb-2024

According to sources, a United States (US) government delegation led by Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Kristie Canegallo will visit India for the Homeland Security Dialogue (HSD) with officials from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA). The delegation aims to discuss a range of issues, including the asylum status used by criminals, pro-Khalistan elements carrying out terrorist activities in India, assistance to apprehend the attackers of the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, the extradition status of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, terror fugitives, and financial investigations related to terrorism.


Pakistan    26-Feb-2024

The recent reshuffle in the Pakistan Singh Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee (PSGPC) has raised concerns due to the inclusion of members with reported anti-India sentiments. Notably, Ramesh Singh Arora, Tara Singh, Maheesh Singh, and Bhagat Singh, all first-generation converted Sikhs, have been flagged for their alleged connections to individuals wanted by India or banned Khalistani terror outfits like the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF). Tara Singh, in particular, is known to be close to Khalistani terrorist Lakhbir Singh Rode. Additionally, Gian Singh Chawla and Dr. Mimpal Singh, also part of the committee, have been noted for their anti-India views.


Pakistan    26-Feb-2024

According to Pakistani sources, Murtaza Ali Shah, a journalist associated with GEO News, allegedly faces life-threatening situations orchestrated by India due to his reporting on Khalistan-related issues and pro-Khalistan Sikh activists. Shah's coverage of Sikh issues, particularly the Khalistan Referendum and the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), drew attention from India, resulting in the banning of his social media accounts last year.


United Kingdom    26-Feb-2024

Member of Parliament (MP) Preet Gill accused 'agents with links to India' of engaging in transnational repression of British Sikhs while speaking at the House of Commons in London, United Kingdom (UK) on February 26. She cited concerns raised by Five Eyes nations about targeting Sikh activists. In response, Security Minister Tom Tugendhat stated that the government is continually assessing threats and using intelligence services to mitigate them. Measures are in place to tackle foreign interference.


India    26-Feb-2024

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami, in a letter dated February 26, urged Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Singh Mann to transfer the Khalistani preacher and his associates from Dibrugarh jail in Assam to Punjab jails due to reported harassment and privacy violations. Dhami labelled the situation as a potential conspiracy against the youths and demanded serious consideration from the government to uphold their human rights.


India    26-Feb-2024

According to reports, India and the United States (US) are set to conduct the Homeland Security Dialogue (HSD) on February 28. The discussions will focus on various issues, including anti-Khalistan elements, immigration, counter-narcotics, and cybersecurity. Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Kristie Canegallo will lead the talks. The HSD, established in 2010, resumed in 2021 under President Joe Biden after being discontinued during Donald Trump's tenure.


India    26-Feb-2024

Farmers associated with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on February 26 organized a tractor march in Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib districts in Punjab. They parked their tractors along highways and burned effigies of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to protest against its perceived anti-farmer policies.


India    26-Feb-2024

The Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM), S. Jaishankar on February 26, while speaking at the What India Thinks Today’ (WITT) Global Summit in New Delhi, delivered a stern message to Canada, urging action against Khalistani activists engaged in violent protests or arson targeting Indian missions, stressing that freedom of speech should not be used to intimidate diplomats. The statement underscores India's stance on protecting diplomatic missions from disruptive actions by extremist groups.


India    26-Feb-2024

Representatives of the Sikh community met with West Bengal (WB) Chief Secretary B.P. Gopalika on February 26, urging action against Opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari and other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members for allegedly making Khalistani remarks towards Sikh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Jaspreet Singh. The meeting lasted about 15 minutes, with the chief secretary reportedly assuring the delegation of the state government's commitment to maintaining harmony.


India    26-Feb-2024

A court in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district in Punjab on February 26 acquitted three men, identified as Satwinder Singh, Gurdial Singh, and Jagroop Singh, accused of being trained by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for terror attacks in India. The court found Gurdial Singh and Jagroop Singh guilty under the Arms Act, sentencing them to one year's imprisonment. However, since they had already served more than three years in jail, they were released. Earlier, on June 4, 2017, with their arrest, the Punjab Police claimed to have busted a terror module with links to the ISI-backed banned outfit International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF).


India    27-Feb-2024

A Ghaziabad court on February 27 acquitted Sikh Political Prisoner Prof. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar in the 1994 case in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh (UP). This was the last pending case against Prof. Bhullar, who is currently serving a life sentence in a 1993 Delhi case.


India    27-Feb-2024

Punjabi music composer and lyricist Bunty Bains narrowly survived an assassination attempt on February 27 at a restaurant in Sector 79 in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. He filed a police complaint after unknown assailants opened fire on him, escaping unhurt. Bains had received a threatening call demanding INR 1 crore, allegedly from the gangster Lucky Patial, known for his connections to criminal gangs in Punjab.


India    27-Feb-2024

On February 27, another farmer, Karnail Singh, protesting at the Khanauri border, died from a heart attack at Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala in Patiala district in Punjab, bringing the death toll to six during the ongoing 'Dilli Chalo' protest at the Punjab-Haryana border. Karnail, from Arno Khurd village, suffered a lung infection due to tear gas exposure during a police crackdown on February 21.


India    27-Feb-2024

Police on February 27 arrested a woman after a video went viral, showing a migrant woman openly selling drugs to addicts in Sanjay Nagar in Faridkot district. The footage depicted the woman handing drugs to individuals on a motorcycle in exchange for money, prompting local families to intervene and urge her to cease the illicit activity.


India    27-Feb-2024

Police on February 27 arrested one person, identified as Paramjit Singh and seized 35 kg of poppy husk from his mini truck, at the Rajpura barrier near Rajpura village in Fazilka district.


India    27-Feb-2024

Police on February 27 arrested a man, identified as Gajjan Singh and seized 105 gm of smack from his possession, near Panjawa canal bridge near Panjawa in Fazilka district. Gajjan revealed that he had allegedly purchased the smack from Amarjit Singh. Amarjit was consequently listed as a co-accused.


India    27-Feb-2024

Police on February 27 arrested one person, identified as Sunny Jassal and seized 85 gm of opium from his possession, in Nathan Wali village in Moga district. Another individual identified as Nitesh Kumar was implicated in the case as Sunny alleged that Nitesh supplied him with the opium at Prabhu Chowk in Sriganganagar district in Rajasthan.


Canada    27-Feb-2024

Khalistani terrorist and the leader of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, released a video on February 27 announcing violent protests against Indian High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma in Surrey, Canada. This comes in response to the condemnation by Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar of Khalistani supporters in Canada for threatening Indian diplomats. In the video, Pannun stated that they would challenge and target Ambassador Verma on March 1 in Surrey and burn the Indian flag in front of consulates in Canada, America, and Australia on March 2. Notably, the Indian High Commission in London, United Kingdom (UK), was attacked by pro-Khalistani elements in March 2023, and there was an attempted arson at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, United States (US), in July 2023.


India    27-Feb-2024

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on February 27 conducted raids at 16 sites across Punjab and Rajasthan, detaining six individuals for questioning as part of their probe into the Khalistan-organized crime nexus. Among those targeted is Gurvinder Singh, alias Neeta, allegedly associated with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The six individuals accused have reportedly participated in terrorist activities and are in close contact with some fugitive designated Khalistani terrorists through social media networks and other means of communication. The action follows discussions between NIA Director General Dinkar Gupta and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director Christopher A. Wray regarding the increasing nexus between terrorist groups and organized crime, including cyber-terrorism investigations.


India    27-Feb-2024

Police on February 27 arrested three persons, identified as Sukhpreet Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Hardeep Singh and seized 302 gm of heroin and four country-made weapons, two.32 pistols and ammunition from their possession in Shahkot in Jalandhar district. All three individuals are history-sheeters with previous cases related to robbery, attempted murder, and violations of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Arms Act.


India    27-Feb-2024

Bathinda Police on February 27 arrested a close aide of fugitive gangster Goldy Brar, identified as Navdeep Singh Chatha and seized a 9-mm pistol, 10 cartridges and four mobile phones from his possession, in Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district. According to the Police, Chatha was involved in criminal activities and procured firearms from Brar, who operates from abroad. His arrest is deemed significant in the fight against organised crime, with expectations of extracting further crime-related information during interrogation.


India    27-Feb-2024

A team of the Special Task Force (STF) on February 27 arrested a gangster identified as Feroz Khan after a brief exchange of fire, and seized two country-made semi-automatic pistols and around six live rounds from his possession, near the Pipli bus stand in Kurukshetra district in Haryana. Feroz was the sharpshooter involved in the recent Katani Restaurant shootout in Mohali in Punjab. Khan was also linked to the murder of Rajan from Mehra village in Kurukshetra, associated with the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.


India    27-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) in a joint operation with Punjab Police on February 27 arrested one unidentified person and seized 500 grams of heroin from his possession, near Ramdas village in Amritsar district. Another suspect managed to escape during the operation, efforts are underway to nab him.


India    28-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) troops on February 28 troops intercepted the movement of a drone and later recovered it from fields adjacent to Kalas Havelian village in Tarn Taran district.


India    28-Feb-2024

The Border Security Force (BSF) on February 28 intercepted a drone and recovered three packets of suspected heroin weighing 3.030 kg, a hexacopter drone attached to it, and two mobile phones, from near Uttar Dhariwal village in Amritsar district.


India    28-Feb-2024

Police on February 28 arrested two individuals, identified as Rajan and Sachin Sharma, and seized 204 grams of heroin from their possession in Derabassi in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. During the interrogation, the accused confessed to obtaining heroin from a Nigerian national in Tilak Nagar, Delhi, exposing the intricate international drug trade network.


India    28-Feb-2024

Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann on February 28 flagged off 410 vehicles for Punjab Police, comprising 315 vehicles for Station House Officers (SHOs), 76 Tata Tiago vehicles for the Dial 112 project, and 19 vehicles for the Mahila Mitras women safety scheme at the Phillaur Police Academy in Phillaur in Jalandhar district. He emphasized prioritizing vehicle allocations from SHOs to higher-ranking officers to bolster law enforcement. Mann urged SHOs to vigorously pursue cases against drug smugglers, affirming his administration's commitment to combat the drug menace.


India    28-Feb-2024

Balwinder Kaur, the mother of Waris Punjab De (WPD) Chief and Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh, has decided to continue her hunger strike until all Sikh detainees are transferred to Punjab. Amritpal, along with nine others, is currently detained in Dibrugarh jail in Assam.


India    28-Feb-2024

According to sources, central intelligence agencies expressed concerns over the emergence of secret communication platforms used by a transnational nexus of terrorists, gangsters, and narco-criminals to fuel unrest in Punjab. These platforms have dual uses, with private ones for operational purposes and public ones for anti-India propaganda, including attacks on Indian diplomatic missions abroad. Investigations reveal a shift from traditional telephone calling to internet-based communication, utilizing VoIP, app-based virtual numbers, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and phone speakers for covert communication, making detection difficult. The use of emerging technologies by these networks poses challenges for law enforcement, with jails becoming recruitment hubs for criminals by terror masterminds.


India    28-Feb-2024

During the India-United States (US) Homeland Security Dialogue (HSD) held on February 28 in New Delhi, India emphasized the need to investigate pro-Khalistani outfits in the US accused of inciting violence against India. Led by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and US Acting Deputy Secretary Kristie Canegallo, both sides reviewed ongoing efforts in counter-terrorism and security domains. They also discussed cooperation in counter-terrorism, security, and combating narcotics trafficking, particularly Fentanyl. Issues raised included pro-Khalistani activities on US soil and support for separatist elements in India, amidst demands for accountability. Discussions also addressed issues such as illegal immigration, human trafficking, cybercrimes, and terror financing. Notably, the official statements made no mention of the ongoing "assassin for hire" investigation involving an Indian national allegedly linked to a plot to assassinate Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.


India    28-Feb-2024

In an interview, United States (US) Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Kristie Canegallo, on February 28 underscored the priority of ensuring the safety of diplomats. She emphasized cooperation on counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, and cybersecurity, highlighting joint efforts to combat threats like Fentanyl trafficking. Canegallo stressed that violence against diplomatic facilities or personnel is treated as a serious criminal offense, with active investigations conducted by the Department of Justice and other relevant authorities. She assured the priority of safety for Indian diplomats in the US and discussed ongoing investigations into attacks on Indian diplomatic facilities.


India    28-Feb-2024

Police on February 28 busted a Madhya Pradesh (MP) based weapon supply racket with the arrest of two persons identified as Harminderpal Singh and Jatinderpal Singh alias Baba, and seized four country-made pistols, magazines and 16 live cartridges along with their Honda Activa scooter, from near Pul Taranwala area in Amritsar in Amritsar district.


India    29-Feb-2024

The Anti-Gangster Task Force (ATGF) of Punjab Police, on February 29, arrested Amritpal Singh alias Nannu, an associate of the Davinder Bambiha Gang, in connection with a recent shooting at Katani Premium Dhaba in Mohali's Sector 79, in Mohali in Sahibzada Ajit Singh (SAS) Nagar district. The police revealed that the interrogation of the arrested individual provided information about two other fugitive suspects, Rana and Arshjot. Additionally, another suspect, Feroz, was apprehended on February 27 in Haryana. The crime is believed to have been orchestrated by the foreign-based gangster Gaurav alias Lucky Patiyal of the Davinder Bambiha Gang, with the aim of extorting ransom money from the victim. Ongoing efforts are in place to apprehend the remaining suspects.


India    29-Feb-2024

JS Manjpur, the lawyer of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, revealed on February 29 that Bhullar, convicted in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case, plans to challenge the Delhi Government's Sentence Review Board's decision to reject his premature release. His earlier plea with the Punjab and Haryana High Court was withdrawn as it became irrelevant. Bhullar's family and lawyer seek implementation of a 2019 notification for his special remission, citing his deteriorating health and the Centre's announcement regarding his release.


India    29-Feb-2024

Former Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Charanjit Singh Channi revealed on February 29 that he had received a ransom demand of INR 2 crore via text message from an unidentified sender, allegedly belonging to the Goldy Brar gang. Despite forwarding the message to the Director General of Police (DGP), he received no response. Channi expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation, citing instances of ransom demands becoming commonplace.


Canada    29-Feb-2024

Khalistani terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), led by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, on February 29 issued a threat via email, targeting India’s High Commissioner to Canada, Sanjay Kumar Verma, during his visit to the province of British Columbia. Verma’s visit includes stops in the capital Victoria, as well as Vancouver and Surrey, in Canada and he is scheduled to meet Surrey’s Mayor Brenda Locke and the Surrey Board of Trade on March 1. In the email, Pannun accused India of being responsible for the assassination of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. He stated that pro-Khalistan Sikhs would seize the opportunity to directly challenge and question the High Commissioner, aiming to derail otherwise rich Canada-India bilateral relations.


India    29-Feb-2024

Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun released a video on February 29 encouraging the kidnapping of ministers or their family members and advocating for breaking into Dibrugarh jail in Assam to release the jailed Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh. In the video, Pannun suggests to people how to attack jails and uses the picture of a Union Minister and his son while discussing abduction. Pannun also recommends filing a complaint with the United Nations (UN).


India    29-Feb-2024

Police, on February 29, busted a cross-border drug cartel being run by a United States (US)-based drug peddler, Jasmeet Singh alias Lucky, by arresting Gurpreet Kumar alias Deep and seizing 5 kg of heroin and one Tata Ace car from his possession in Kajikot village in Tarn Taran district. During questioning, Deep admitted to receiving drug consignments from across the border on the instructions of Lucky, revealing the international connections and operational dynamics of the drug cartel. Earlier, the Amritsar Commissionerate Police had arrested five drug smugglers of Jasmeet alias Lucky module after recovering 6.2 kg of heroin, INR 3.80 lakh drug money, a car, and 12 sims from their possession.


India    01-Mar-2024

A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Chandigarh on March 1 convicted a Punjab-based man identified as Sukhjinder Singh on money laundering charges linked to an illegal narcotic trafficking case. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) announced that Singh was sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment and fined INR 1lakh. The conviction stemmed from a money laundering investigation initiated in 2010 following an FIR registered by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Chandigarh under various sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.


India    01-Mar-2024

In preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur districts, district police have intensified efforts to eradicate drugs, and announced the destruction of all seized drugs and narcotics to prevent their re-circulation. The destroyed materials included 1,629 gm of heroin, 3.5 lakh tablets and capsules, 634 kg of poppy husk, and 25 gm of narcotic powder. Additionally, awareness campaigns and increased vigilance in identified hotspots have been implemented to combat drug abuse during the election period.


India    01-Mar-2024

The Assam Police on March 1 increased security for Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma following a phone threat issued by a member and supporter of the banned Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), regarding the alleged mistreatment of Amritpal Singh and his associates in Dibrugarh Jail in Assam. The caller demanded the transfer of jailed Amritpal Singh and his associates to Amritsar jail, threatening consequences for the CM. The caller claimed that the message was being delivered at the behest of Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.


United Kingdom    01-Mar-2024

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on March 1 faced protests by Khalistani supporters during his visit to the United Kingdom (UK) to deliver lectures at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, UK. Protesters, led by Paramjit Singh Pamma, coordinator of the Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in Europe, blamed Gandhi for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and Amritsar killings. Despite Cambridge University Police preventing entry to the protestors, Gandhi required a security escort by UK Police to leave safely.


India    01-Mar-2024

According to sources, Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh and his associates are preparing their meals due to safety concerns and are demanding to be shifted to Punjab at Dibrugarh jail in Assam. Unauthorised items seized from their cell prompted security enhancements. As a result, they have started a hunger strike over the installation of CCTV cameras, citing privacy invasion.


Afghanistan    01-Mar-2024

Nidan Singh Sachdeva, a Sikh community leader from Afghanistan who was kidnapped in Paktia province last month, was released from captivity on March 1, as announced by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Concerns persist regarding the targeting and persecution of minority communities by terrorists with external support. India has decided to assist members of the Afghan Hindu and Sikh communities facing security threats by facilitating their return to India.


India    01-Mar-2024

According to official sources, eight Haryana districts bordering Punjab—Sirsa, Fatehabad, Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, and Hisar—account for 86.7% of drug cases reported in the state over the last five years. Despite the efforts of the Haryana Police, including the registration of 3,757 First Information Reports (FIRs) and 5,350 arrests in the previous year (2023), drug availability remains high, with Sirsa district topping the list. Health officials attribute the rise in drug addiction to factors such as aggressive marketing, stress, and peer pressure. Measures, including the establishment of more de-addiction centres and awareness campaigns, are planned to address the issue.


India    01-Mar-2024

The Crime Branch of the UT police on March 1 arrested three individuals including a 28-year-old woman, who were part of the Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi-Goldy Brar module that was given the task to eliminate gangster Bhupinder Singh Rana alias Bhupi Rana, identified as Amanpreet Singh, Parwinder Singh and Maya alias Kashish alias Pooja Sharma, in Chandigarh.


India    01-Mar-2024

Farmers, regrouping under Kisan Andolan-2, plan to resume their 'Dilli Chalo' march into Delhi from multiple routes after March 3, aiming to intensify their protest. Leaders have announced a march starting from the Dabwali route and urged farmers nationwide to join. Talks with members of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Ugrahan) chief Joginder Singh Ugrahan are ongoing, with plans to discuss further actions following a bhog ceremony on March 3.


India    01-Mar-2024

A worker of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), identified as Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi Chohla, was shot dead by assailants on March 1, near the railway crossing between Fatehbad and Goindwal Sahib in Tarn Taran district in Punjab.


Canada    01-Mar-2024

India’s High Commissioner to Ottawa, Sanjay Kumar Verma, on March 1, faced tense circumstances during his meeting with a local trade board, as Khalistani protestors surrounded the venue in a disruption organised by Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) in Surrey in British Columbia province of Canada. The protestors, numbering close to 500, blocked entrances and raised separatist slogans, prompting a heavy police presence. The event, titled 'India and Canada: The Future of our Global Economy Together,' was jointly organized by the Surrey Board of Trade and the South Asian Business Association. Despite the disruptions, Verma described the event as successful.


India    01-Mar-2024

Assam Chief Minister (CM) Himanta Biswa Sarma, in Guwahati on March 1, downplayed the threat from Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, chief of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), who demanded the transfer of Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh, leader of Waris Punjab De (WPD), from Dibrugarh jail to Amritsar jail. Sarma stated that he does not fear Khalistanis.


Pakistan    01-Mar-2024

Ramesh Singh Arora, a member of Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, was unanimously elected as the President of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) for a three-year term in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 1. He also assumed the role of ambassador to the Kartarpur Corridor, replacing Ameer Singh. The PSGPC, chaired by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Arshad Farid Khan, underwent changes with new members appointed, including three from the government


India    01-Mar-2024

A Sikh delegation wrote a letter to Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on March 1 amidst ongoing protests outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in Kolkata, West Bengal (WB), demanding an apology from BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari for allegedly making a 'Khalistani' remark against Sikh Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Jaspreet Singh. Gurmeet Singh, the president of Gurdwara Bara Sikh Sangat, expressed hope in the letter for a meeting to address the community's concerns, stating that it would offer solace during this challenging time.


India    02-Mar-2024

Directors of United Sikhs, a non-profit organisation, Amritpal Singh and Gurpreet Singh, Advocate Gurmohanpreet Singh, and farmer leaders Baldev Singh Sirsa and Ashok Balhara recently organised a press conference to highlight their provision of legal aid and medical assistance to farmers injured during protests. The organisation deployed three ambulances and initiated legal action, including filing writ petitions, to seek justice for the injured farmers.


Canada    02-Mar-2024

Pro-Khalistan groups staged protests outside Indian consulates on March 2 in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. The rallies, organized by the Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), aimed to avenge the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Despite the closures of the consulates, a police presence prevented protesters from nearing the buildings.


Canada    02-Mar-2024

A new video, which went viral on social media, captured hate speech during demonstrations outside Indian consulates in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, organized on March 2 by the Khalistani terror outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). According to reports, this incident reflects Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's failure to address Khalistani extremism.


India    03-Mar-2024

According to sources in the Indian intelligence agencies, there has been a reduction in terrorist infiltrations along the western borders and in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) ahead of the national elections in Pakistan. Activities facilitating infiltration by Pakistani authorities have decreased, with a noticeable shift in tactics to avoid international and domestic backlash. Pakistani forces, which previously assisted terrorists in tunnel construction and drug trafficking, have scaled back in the past six months.


India    03-Mar-2024

The Commissionerate Police on March 3 busted an international drug trafficking syndicate involved in the illicit trade of narcotics across four countries using courier services, with the arrest of three people identified as Aman, Sunny and Shejal, and seized 5 kg of opium from their possession, in Jalandhar in Jalandhar district. Led by kingpin Manish alias Mani Thakur in the United Kingdom (UK), the cartel sourced opium from Jharkhand and used courier services in Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar to send shipments abroad. The syndicate's operations spanned four countries, with investigations uncovering approximately 300 recipient addresses and implicating Customs officials and India Post in facilitating the trade.


India    03-Mar-2024

The city police on March 3 arrested two persons, Naveen Kumar and Sajan Singh and seized 15 gm of heroin from their possession, in Abohar in Fazilka district.


India    03-Mar-2024

Police on March 3 arrested two men, identified as Sukhdev Kaur and Veerpal Kaur and seized 2 kg of poppy husk from their possession, in Abohar in Fazilka district. They were returning to Punjab from Bikaner in Rajasthan.


India    03-Mar-2024

A high-level delegation of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) met Governor Banwarilal Purohit in Amritsar on March 3 to address three key issues: the firing incident at a gurdwara in Sultanpur Lodhi, the hunger strike by detainees at Dibrugarh jail, and the release of 'Bandi Singhs'. The delegation urged the Governor to promptly address these issues, seeking the intervention of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) to transfer the detainees to Punjab jails and uphold human rights.