October 5, 2012 4:08:33 am
The Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) is likely to be behind Sundays attack on Lt Gen (retd) K S Brar in London,according to the claims of central intelligence agencies. The agencies also point out that radical Sikh groups like Dal Khalsa UK have been organising protests for years now outside the Indian High Commission office in London and the consulate office in Birmingham.
The claims by the Punjab Police that terrorism was being revived in the state with active help from abroad was strengthened around a month ago with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registering a case under unlawful activities Act against BKI members. According to sources,besides Akhand Kirtanee jathas,two UK-based sympathisers have been sending money to the BKI sleeper cells in Punjab to revive terror activities.
The FIR in the case,submitted to the Special NIA Judge in Mohali,stated that UK-based operatives,who are members of BKI a proscribed terror body and its front organisations,including Akhand Kirtnee jatha were transferring huge amount of money to BKI sleeper cells in Punjab and other places for jailed terrorists and their families.
It added that a BKI operative based in the UK,Balbir Singh Bains,alone had send around Rs 25 lakh through various channels,including a private financial company,between September 2010 and January 2012. Another BKI operative,Joga Singh,had also transferred funds to members in India. He frequently visits Pakistan and maintains close links with BKI terrorists Jagtar Singh Tara and Wadhawa Singh based there. The funds so received are distributed through a number of intermediaries,most of whom have been involved in terror activities.
The FIR further stated that there are creditable inputs showing that Jagtar Singh Tara and Wadhawa Singh,along with their associates,were actively trying to revive terrorism in Punjab.
According to sources,Balbir Singh Bains,who runs NGO Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare in the UK,was expected to attend his sons wedding in Punjab,recently. He did not turn up fearing arrest following the case registered against him by the NIA.
Another FIR registered recently by the Ludhiana police against former president of Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani),Daljit Singh alias Bittu,also mentions that as per credible inputs,since 2011,supporters of BKI and Khalistan Zindabad Force settled abroad have sent more than Rs 1 crore to Daljit Singhs associates in India through hawala channels. Bittu,who was arrested on September 21,had to manage and establish sleeper cells of these terrorists outfits in Punjab and other places across the country.
Earlier as well,the Punjab Police had claimed that France-based members of the BKI were disbursing funds to militants to sustain their activities in Punjab,Haryana and Delhi.
The revelation came after the arrest of Karwinder Singh,an alleged link between BKI terrorists and their overseas fund providers. He had given Rs 1 lakh to arrested BKI terrorists Daljit Kumar alias Deepak and Purshotam alias Bunty from Zirakpur town. They were working at the behest of France-based BKI members Purshotam Singh and Goldy all belonging to Ambala district.
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