The names of only 73 Sikhs now remain on a blacklist of those alleged to be involved in anti-India activities. Over the past four years, the government has removed names of 225 Sikhs from the blacklist.
Sources said a total of 298 Sikhs had their names on the blacklist. During the 1980s and 1990s, many Sikhs migrated to other countries. Several of them were booked in cases in India, and have not been allowed to visit India since. “We recently removed names of 36 Sikhs settled abroad,” a home ministry official said, adding that the remaining names are likely to be removed in stages.