United States 10-Mar-2004
A US court ruled that deputy chief of the KCF, Kulvir Singh Barapind, should be returned to India to stand trial. The Khalistani terrorist, Barapind was accused by India of murdering 52 people and injuring 13 during the time of terrorism in Punjab. Barapind was arrested and detained in Los Angeles in 1993 on charges of having a fake passport.
Two Sikh terrorists, allegedly involved in cases of abduction for ransom and extortion across North India and suspected to be having links with Europe-based Khalistan groups were shot dead during an encounter with the Inter-State Cell of the Delhi Police at Timarpur in Northern Delhi.
Three suspected Punjab terrorists were arrested at Durg in the Akola district of Maharashtra.
Punjab Police arrested the ‘self-styled chief’ of KLF, Harnek Singh alias Bhupat a checkpoint near Madhopur village in the Fatehgarh Sahib district. The accused is wanted in many cases relating to mass killings of innocent people, assassination attempts on political leaders and police officers, kidnappings and extortion. A revolver, some live ammunition, and documents relating to fixed deposits were recovered from his possession.
According to the annual report of Union Home Ministry 2003-04, Pakistan continues to provide sanctuary to various Sikh militant groups and the ISI, Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, was exerting pressure on these outfits to revive terrorist activities in Punjab. The report indicated that Pakistan continues to provide sanctuary to leaders of important pro-Khalistan militant outfits like BKI headed by Wadhwa Singh, KCF led by Paramjit Singh Panjwar and ISYF led by Lakhbir Singh Rode. Militant groups like KZF led by Ranjit Singh alias "Neeta" and Dal Khalsa International led by Gajinder Singh also continued to receive sanctuary from Pakistani soil, the report said.
A BKI terrorist, identified as Gursewak Singh alias Babla, escaped from the Punjab Police custody at Bara Hindu Rao hospital in New Delhi while he was being taken for medical treatment.
The Punjab Police arrested five Kahlistani terrorists, including two suspected Pakistani nationals, along with arms and ammunition from the Pathankot area of Gurdaspur district. The arrested include Saroop Singh, a resident of Jalandhar district and a member of the KCF-Panjwar. He was also closely associated with KCF terrorist Ranjit Singh alias Neeta. Saroop Singh’s brother Nirmal Singh alias Nimma and Rashpal Singh, a resident of the Adampur area in Jalandhar, were the other two arrested. Two other persons who are suspected to be residents of Pakistan, however, identified themselves as Rattan Singh and Avtar Singh.
Tarn Taran district police station of Punjab recovered one AK-47 assault rifle from Didar Singh alias Dari, a BKI terrorist, who was arrested in connection with the murder of Baba Jagtar Singh, head of the Dera Akal. According to district police chief Gurkirpal Singh, two magazines and 30 cartridges were recovered from Didar, who is allegedly involved in nine cases of heinous crimes.
The Punjab Police re-arrested BKI terrorist Gursewak Singh alias Babla from a hospital in the Raikot area of Ludhiana district. Babla had escaped from police custody in the national capital Delhi on August 22 while being taken to be produced before a court in connection with a 1998 case relating to sedition and violation of the Explosives Act.
Police arrested a KLF terrorist, identified as Surinder Pal Singh in Patiala District.