Punjab cops mount pressure on suspected Sikh militants in M’sia

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010

NEW YORK: Suspected Sikh militants, believed to be in hiding in Malaysia, are allegedly involved in firearms smuggling and dispatching militants to carry out violent attacks in Punjab.

This is based on incriminating evidence -- linking at least four militants said to have set up base in Malaysia -- which is in possession of the Punjab police.

Punjab director-general of police P. S. Gill has initiated moves through the Indian Home Ministry to step up a probe into the alleged Khalistan Liberation Front (KLF) terror operators suspected to be lodged in Malaysia.

"Punjab police have shared evidences with the Government of India on whatever information we have, following various interrogations (of a suspected Sikh militant) from Malaysia.

"We have compiled a dossier which will be sent to the home, it is up to the Government of India to take up the matter," a Chandigarh-based senior intelligence officer familiar with the ongoing investigation, told Bernama Wednesday.

Patiala police in Punjab told Bernama last month that at least four KLF members were suspected to be operating from Seremban, after one of the militants was detained in the state, upon his return from Kuala Lumpur (last month).

Young suspected Sikh militants were alleged to be travelling to Malaysia to touch base with one of their key leaders, named Harminder Singh.

The Indian Home Ministry has proscribed over 30 organisations as terror outfits under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act, 1967), which includes the Babbar Khlsa International, KCF and International Sikh Youth Federation -- all emanating from Punjab.

In Punjab alone, there are about a dozen militant outfits.

At least, 1,300 people were reported killed in terror attacks across India from January to August 2010, and half of the fatalities were civilians - making India a vulnerable state to homegrown and international terrorism. - Bernama

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