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The counter-terrorism agency has filed charges against 3 terrorists associated with the Khalistani group

The counter-terrorism agency has filed charges against 3 terrorists associated with the Khalistani group

The NIA has filed a chargesheet against three “individual terrorists” linked to the Khalistani

New Delhi:

The NIA has filed a chargesheet against three “individual terrorists” linked to banned Khalistani outfits BKI and KTF, exposing their international nodes involved in the recruitment and operation of India-based terror operatives, an official said on Sunday.

Six other associates working for Babbar Khalsa International and the Khalistan Tiger Force were named in a chargesheet filed in a special court on Sunday, which also highlighted a complex fund-raising process for the two outfits, an agency spokesman said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it is also probing the links of 16 absconding and arrested accused linked to BKI and KTF.

The spokesperson said that three notorious gangster-terrorists and drug smugglers – Harwinder Singh Sandhu alias ‘Rinda’, Laxvir Singh Sandhu alias ‘Landa’ of BKI and Arshdeep Singh alias ‘Arsh Dala’ of KTF – are based outside the country and have created their own networks to carry out terrorist activities in India.

“Through this complex network of foreign-based operatives, they are recruiting, motivating and directing their associates in India for terrorist activities, extortion and cross-border smuggling of arms and drugs into India.

“They also have links with local gangsters, organized crime syndicates and networks of large gangs operating in North India,” the spokesperson said.

According to the NIA, Rinda is a very important BKI member and Khalistani operative. “In 2018-19, he illegally fled to Pakistan and is currently residing there under the auspices of the ISI and is involved in the commission of terrorist activities against India.

“Rinda is involved in various crimes like smuggling arms, ammunition explosives and drugs from Pakistan into Indian territory, recruitment of BKI operatives, murders, raising funds for BKI through extortion in Punjab and Maharashtra states,” the spokesperson said.

The official said that Rinda was involved in several terrorist activities, including the RPG attack on the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in May 2022, and was declared an “individual terrorist” along with Dala and Landa by the Centre, the agency said.

Dala, a resident of Moga, is a notorious gangster who had migrated to Canada some time back and came in contact with Hardeep Singh Nizar who headed the banned terror outfit KTF, according to the spokesperson.

The pair was involved in forming terror groups to recruit youths and carry out extortion to raise funds for the KTF and targeted killings of businessmen and leaders of particular communities in Punjab, the spokesperson said.

Taran Taran’s Landa was initially involved in criminal and gangster activities and moved to Canada in 2017 where he came in contact with Rinda, the official said.

Landa began working for the BKI and emerged as the prime accused in several terrorist incidents, including the December 2022 RPG attack on the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters and the RPG attack on Sarhali police station in Taran Taran.

He was also the mastermind of the conspiracy to kill Punjab Police sub-inspector Dilbagh Singh in August last year, the spokesperson said.

The agency said BKI’s other foreign-based chargesheet operatives include Harjot Singh who is currently in the US, Kashmir Singh Galwaddi, who is absconding in the Nava jailbreak case and is suspected to be currently in Nepal, and Lander Bhai’s Tarsem Singh, currently in Dubai.

Gurjant Singh, who is hiding in Australia, is among the foreign nodes of the KTF who have been chargesheeted, the spokesperson said, adding that the other accused are Deepak Ranga and Lucky Khokhar alias ‘Dennis’, who were recruited by foreign-based handlers to carry out terrorist activities in India.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and appeared on a syndicated feed.)

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