Punjab police bust plot of pro-Khalistan extremists

Chennai, November 30: Thwarting vicious plot of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, the Indian security forces recently arrested some dreaded pro-Khalistan extremists from Punjab.

It includes a British national, identified as Jagtar Singh Johal alias Jaggi, who was arrested on November 4. Apart from target killings, these extremists are using the cyberspace to incite youth in Punjab.

Jaggi was in touch with Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) members including its chief Harminder Singh.

His name has emerged multiple times during interrogation of members of recently busted modules hired by Sikh extremist groups in Punjab.

The interrogations have also revealed that there are links of foreign-based radical extremist entities that are trying to revive Sikh militancy in India.

Suresh Arora, Director General of Police, Punjab said, “One is (that the) ISI link is well established. Two, the nexus between the gangsters in providing the weapons is well established. Three, exploitation of our innocent youth by radicalising them. To misguide those sitting outside and those who are here, that is also well established”.

Jagtar Singh has also been associated with Gursharanbir Singh of the UK and Harmeet, based in Pakistan for promoting terror activities. He and Gursharanbir Singh have discussed ways to revive militancy in Punjab.

Another Khalistan Liberation Front member, Taljeet Singh, who was in touch with Jaggi while living in Glasgow, Scotland is now in jail for funding and sourcing of weapons.

Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab sais, “Well, ISI is always looking after any opportunity whether it is Khalistani or anything and to disturb the peace in India is ISI’s objective, so whether they were Khalistanis or not, only time will tell, but certainly the background is ISI”.

Shashi Kant, former DGP (Prisons), Punjab said, “The consistent efforts of Pakistan are, have been and will continue to make an attempt to ensure that somehow there is any trouble and instability in Punjab and other parts of the country”. In UK, pro-Khalistan activists are running propaganda on social media that Jaggi was tortured by the police.

 

By Navaneeth Chitradurga with Agency inputs