Incidents and Statements involving Babbar
Khalsa International: 1985-2012
December 11: The Union Minister
of State for Home Affairs, R.P.N. Singh said LeT, IM, BKI and KTF
are interested in carrying out terrorist attacks in India but there
are no inputs about the Taliban.
November 27: Replying to a question,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs R. P. N Singh told Lok
Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) that various terrorist groups,
including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Jaish-e-Mohammed
(JeM) are engaged in terrorist activities in the country. "As per
available information, militants/terrorists active in India are
often supported by their parent outfits based abroad, particularly
in Pakistan," he said. Singh said other terrorist outfits which
are active in India include Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Al-Umma,
Al Badr, Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami (HuJI), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM),
Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF)
and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF).
October 8: Sources in Jalandhar
Police claimed that during interrogation, Jaswant Singh Azad disclosed
names of nearly a dozen other British nationals, who are directly
or indirectly involved in militant activities.
NIA has booked the U.K. based Dalbir
Bains and Joga Singh of BKI under the Unlawful Activities Prevention
Act for sending funds to Punjab.
October 6: An extensive fundraising
campaign is being undertaken by secessionist Sikh groups in Europe
and North America at the instance of Pakistan's ISI to revive terrorism
in Punjab. Sources in security agencies have informed about movement
of banned BKI, KCF, ISYF terror groups in western countries with
the aim to radicalise Sikh youth by showing them doctored footage
of Operation Blue Star and other propaganda materials.
NIA sources confirmed that BKI still
has a large network of sleeper cells across Punjab.
October 4: BKI led by Wadhawa Singh
is raising funds worldwide through several organisations, including
self- professed NGOs, to revive sleeper cells In India.
September 30: Operation Blue Star
commander, Lt. General (Retired) K.S. Brar, was attacked by four
unidentified assailants with knife in London. The attackers are
yet to be identified. Indian intelligence suspects the BKI behind
Punjab Police arrested a terrorist
linked with several pro-Khalistan militant groups. British national
Jaswant Singh Ajad, actively working for banned terrorist organisations
BKI KZF and Khalistan Tiger Force was arrested from Focal Point area
of Jalandhar city in Jalandhar District.
September 26: NIA has also booked
militants of the banned BKI. The agency will collate information
regarding the absconding members of IM and BKI. According to the
UMHA, there are more than 52 militants of the IM and 15 militants
of the BKI who have been identified by the Police and are presently
on the run.
September 24: The FIR registered
against Panch Pardhani leader and former terrorist Daljit Singh
Bittu names three others believed to be in Pakistan those booked
by Police are Wadhawa Singh, 'chief' of the BKI, Ranjit Singh Neeta
of the KZF and Jagtar Singh Tara of the Khalistan Tigers Force.
September 10: UMHA Sushil Kumar
Shinde said that NIA is probing a terror funding racket of banned
Sikh separatist outfit BKI being allegedly run from the UK to commit
terrorist acts in India. He said the intelligence agencies have
found fresh evidences where BKI leaders in Pakistan and the UK were
laundering money through various channels in their bid to carry
out terror acts.
September 6: IB Chief Nehchal Sandhu
said terror groups focusing on Punjab and neighbouring states posed
a challenge. IB sources said it had inputs that Pakistan-based BKI
'chief' Wadhawa Singh Babbar's group was making efforts to destabilise
September 4: Minister of State for
Home Affairs, Jitendra Singh told Lok Sabha that Pakistani intelligence
agency ISI has been providing patronage and assistance to various
Sikh terrorist groups, including BKI, to revive militancy in Punjab.
September 3: According to Police
sources, Zabiuddin Ansari alias Further BKI militant, Kulwant
Singh alias Guddu who was arrested on September 1, planned
a major extremist operation in Punjab during the forthcoming festival
season. He was liaising with senior BKI militants abroad to revive
the outfit. Sources said he planned to murder someone but Police
did not divulge further details.
September 2: The Mohali Police arrested
a BKI terrorist, Kulwant Singh, alias Guddu, from Sahora
village, near Kharar in Mohali District.
According to NIA more than two dozen
websites and 50 groups on social networking sites are trying to revive
movement for an independent Sikh state and scouting for talents. Some
of these popular sites are www.neverforget84.com and www.prisonerwelfare.com.
Terror outfit BKI is learnt to have active support coming from ISI.
According to the investigators, there are other NGOs based in Canada,
UK and Germany who have donated money to BKI's cause for revival of
August 30: A Delhi Court convicted
five persons for their involvement in the May 22, 2005, twin blasts
at Satyam and Liberty cinema halls in New Delhi. BKI terrorist Jagtar
Singh Hawara and four others were sentenced to seven years of imprisonment
that would be adjusted against an equal length of period they have
already spent in jail during the trial.
August 27: A trial court has reserved
the pronouncement of its judgment in the 2005 twin blasts at Satyam
and Liberty cinema halls in New Delhi for August 30. The Special
Cell of the Delhi Police had charge sheeted Jagtar Singh Hawara,
the BKI chief in India, and seven others in the case.
July 2: A Delhi court granted bail
to two suspected terrorists of banned outfit BKI, identified as
Sarabpreet and Narendra Singh alias Raju.
May 9: Union Minister of State for
Home Jitendra informed Rajya Sabha that Pakistani intelligence agency,
ISI was trying to revive BKI, a banned terror outfit in order to
resurrect terrorism in Punjab.
April 3: Baljinder Singh, an under
trial prisoner of BKI lodged in Tihar Jail managed to escape while
he was on his way for a court hearing in Bhatinda in Punjab has
47 criminal cases, including of murder and robbery pending against
him. Most of the criminal cases registered against him are in Punjab
and the rest in Haryana and Delhi.
March 28: Union Government stayed
hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a BKI terrorist facing death sentence
for the assassination of then Punjab CM Beant Singh on August 31,
1995. The hanging, scheduled to be carried out on March 31, has
been stayed following a petition filed by SGPC, the Sikh religious
March 23: Narender Singh, a BKI
militant who was arrested from IGI airport at New Delhi on March
19, wanted to target religious figures like Baba Ram Rahim and Baba
Ashutosh. The Delhi police officials also said that the said militant
had got the training in Pakistan.
March 19: A BKI militant was arrested
from the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi. Sources said
that the arrested militant, Narender Singh alias Raju, was
on his way to Germany to meet BKI 'chief' Harvinder Singh to organise
terror activities in India.
March 16: In the ongoing trial of
Beant Singh assassination case, BKI terrorists Jagtar Singh Hawara
and Paramjit Singh Bheora were produced in a local court in Chandigarh.
March 13: March 31, 2012 has been
fixed for the hanging of BKI militant, Balwant Singh Rajoana, who
is a convict in the assassination of former Chief Minister of Punjab
Beant Singh on August 31, 1995. Rajoana will be hanged inside the
Patiala Central Jail.
February 23: Four militants of Sikh
separatist group BKI, arrested for planning to target religious
figures, were sentenced to imprisonment already undergone by a sessions'
court in Delhi after they pleaded guilty for being member of the
January 19: One group of BKI may
have sneaked into the country from across the border to target political
and religious leaders in the poll bound state of Punjab as per top
intelligence sources. The prime targets in the hit list of these
terrorists are said to be Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal, Deputy
CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and religious Dera leaders like Ashutosh.
January 5: A local court acquitted
five persons, including four former activists of Babbar Khalsa,
in a case related to unlawful activities, illegal possession of
explosives and fire arms. The acquitted Babbar Khalsa activists
were identified as Baljit Singh Bhau, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, Buta
Singh, Balwinder Singh Dekwala. Daljit Singh Bittu, president of
Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani), was also acquitted. However, the court
found one person, Harminder Singh Cherrian, guilty and sentenced
him to three years imprisonment and also imposed a fine of INR 5000
A case was registered on November
15, 2009, against seven persons under Unlawful Activities Act, Arms
Act, Explosives Act and various sections of the IPC and they were
arrested. Apart from the four Babbar Khalsa activists, Daljit and
Harminder, Khalistan Liberation Force terrorist Daya Singh Lahoria
had also been arrested in the connection. However, Lahoria was acquitted
by a court few months back.
January 2: The arrest of two operatives
of the BKI on December 22 has confirmed what Delhi Police have been
suspecting for a while now -- that the Punjab-based terror outfit
is on the lookout for a major strike to announce its revival. "Delhi
Police arrested two Babbar Khalsa operatives who were planning to
assassinate some political and religious leaders. We are investigating
to confirm how many people are working with the group," Deputy Commissioner
of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand said. The Police claimed that these
operatives were planning strikes in Delhi and Punjab by reviving
the BKI modules. Chand said: "After the end of militancy in Punjab,
the remaining BKI operatives went underground. But with the recovery
of the RDX from Ambala [Haryana] and the arrest of these two operatives
it is clear that the BKI is trying to revive itself."
Sarabpreet and Jaswinder Singh, in
their early 30s, were arrested in a joint operation by Delhi Police's
Special Cell and Crime Branch on December 22. While one was arrested
in Delhi, the second was arrested from Ropar District in Punjab.
December 26: The security of VVIPs
in Punjab is being reviewed in the wake of the revelations made
by BKI militants arrested by Delhi Police on December 22.
Delhi Police, meanwhile, claimed that
that the module had been tasked by BKI chief Wadhawa Singh and an
operative Kulbir Singh to assassinate three religious leaders in Punjab
and Haryana and some political leaders in Punjab during the upcoming
Assembly elections. According to the Police, the BKI is on an overdrive
to recruit cadre.
December 22: Two suspected BKI militants
were arrested by Delhi Police. The arrests were made based on leads
that they planned to assassinate some religious and political leaders.
October 17: Recent intelligence
reports cautioned the Punjab Government about renewed efforts by
the Pakistani spy agency ISI and Pakistan-based militant outfits,
including BKI, to send consignment of arms, explosives, fake currency
and drugs for spreading terror-incidents and drug menace in the
state and disrupting its economy.
October 14: The name of Jagtar Singh
Tara, the dreaded member of the Khalistani militant outfit BKI has
figured in the Ambala RDX haul on October 12.
September 16: BKI and ISYF were
slapped sanctions under the Executive Order 13224 terrorist groups
in June 2002 by the US.
March 13: Khalistani militant Jagtar Singh Tara, who
was involved in the assassination of former Punjab chief minister
Beant Singh, is reportedly planning to launch his own outfit, Khalistan
Tiger Force (KTF) breaking away from the parent outfit BKI.
January 29: Former Deputy Speaker
of Punjab, Bir Devinder Singh, reportedly received a threatening
email from militant outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI).
November 4: The Punjab Police recovered
a bomb, two detonators, a .30 bore Chinese pistol and six live cartridges
following interrogation of the recently arrested militants. Addressing
a press conference, Fatehgarh Sahib Senior Superintendent of Police
(SSP) R S Khatra informed that after the interrogation of militant
Jasmail Singh alias Sahib Singh, resident of Rupalheri village of
the District, the Police recovered a bomb and two detonators from
a hideout near Satluj Yamuna Link canal near Mehdoda village. He
added that after the interrogation of another militant Rashpal Singh,
a resident of Bhagora village in Nawashahar District, the Police
recovered .30 bore China made pistol and six live cartridges. In
his interrogation Jasmail Singh told the Police that he was also
involved in killing of Tarna Dal chief Baba Ajit Singh Poohla in
jail as he had provided kerosene oil in jail which was used in killing
of Poohla, the SSP claimed. He said the militants wanted to kill
Baba Mann Singh Pehowale. They had collected money and received
a bomb and two detonators from Babbar Khalsa militant Ramandeep
Singh Goldy, a resident of Bassi Pathana for this purpose. The militants
had also planned to kill Additional Director General of Police (Vigilance
Chief) Sumedh Singh Saini and even chased him at his farm house
in Kansal. The SSP also claimed that the arrested militants had
received money from Babbar Khalsa to revive terrorism in Punjab.The
three militants, identified as Jasmail Singh alias Sahib Singh,
Kulvinder Singh alias Kala and Arshpal Singh alias Rashpal Singh
were arrested by a Police party near Buga Kanchian in the night
of October 31 when they were travelling in a car.
October 23: The Anti Terrorist Squad
(ATS) of Uttar Pradesh (UP) arrested a BKI terrorist, identified
as Makkhan Singh, from Barhni area of Sidharthnagar District on
the Indo-Nepal border. ATS personnel also recovered one mobile phone
along with Indian and foreign currencies from the accused. Makkhan
was arrested when he was going to Punjab to acquire a fresh passport
to leave India.The arrestee, a resident of Garhshanker in Hoshiarpur
District of Punjab, was involved in several cases of terrorist acts
in Punjab. UP Additional Director General of Police (ATS) Brij Lal
said on October 24 that Makkhan is a close associate of BKI chief
Badhawa Singh, who is hiding in Pakistan at present. Makkhan had
stayed in several foreign countries since 1987 and after returning
to India in 1997, he joined the banned outfit. He also received
terrorist training in Pakistan and stayed there for more than nine
years. Makkhan sneaked into India from Gurudaspur (Punjab) border
in November 2009 and assisted other people in terrorist acts. Makkhan
is the second BKI terrorist arrested in UP after Gurjant Singh who
was arrested in September, also from the Indo-Nepal border.
October 18: An alleged BKI operative
Karanbir Singh escaped from Police custody under the pretext of
going to the toilet. The incident occurred in Hoshiarpur District,
when Police personnel and officers were interrogating Karanbir,
who was booked for the murder of the head of a religious sect in
June 2010. He escaped through a window. A reward of INR 5 lakh has
been announced.Karanbir was arrested on October 17. An AK-47, an
AK-56 assault rifle, two hand grenades, 5.4 kilograms of RDX, six
magazines, 276 rounds of ammunition, two detonators, a timer device
and a remote control were recovered from him.
October 10: A cadre of the KZF,
who is also associated with the BKI, was arrested by Anti-Terror
Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh Police from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
The arrestee, identified as Gurjant Singh, was a native of Kurukshetra
District in Haryana. An Italian pistol and some documents were seized
from him. Gurjant reportedly acted as a link between KZF and BKI.
August 25: The IB warned that "inimical
agencies" operating from "international bases" were trying to revive
militancy in Punjab by forging an alliance between Khalistani outfits
and the LeT. Calling attempts to revive Sikh militancy a worrisome
trend, IB Chief Rajiv Mathur said, "There have been clear attempts
by inimical agencies abroad to reactivate Sikh terrorist elements,
forge nexus between LeT and terrorist groups like BKI and KZF and
mobilise their resources for planning terrorist violence in Punjab
and elsewhere in the country." Mathur, though, did not name any
country or identified any agency, officials tracking the development
later said interrogation of those arrested recently in Jalandhar
and Amritsar in Punjab clearly hinted at their association with
Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.
July 28 The Punjab
Police arrested five Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) militants
with two AK-47 rifles and a huge quantity of ammunition and explosives,
reports Indian Express. Pal Singh of Dhandowal village in Jalandhar,
Kulwant Singh of Varpal village, Gurmukh Singh alias Gana of Pandori
Mehma, Jagtar Singh of Thoba village in Amritsar and Darshan Singh
Dhadi of Dhaliwal in Jalandhar were arrested with two AK-47 rifles,
five magazines and 420 live rounds, including 200 armoured piercing
cartridges, Superintendent of Police (SP) P. Mandeep Singh said,
adding that a case under various sections of Arms Act and Unlawful
Activities (Prevention)Act has been registered against them.
Addressing media persons
at a press conference, SP Mandeep Singh said, "We nabbed Gurmukh
and Kulwant from the Amritsar bypass and seized two AK-47 assault
rifles and 420 cartridges from their possession. About 200 of the
cartridges could penetrate bullet-proof vehicles", adds Hindustan
Times. "Further investigation revealed that Kulwant, who is known
to Narain Singh, alias Chaura, and Pal Singh, had received a consignment
of RDX and weapons from Jagtar, which was later handed over to Narain.
Subsequently, a part of the consignment was given to Pal Singh,"
the SP said.
July 22: The West Midlands
Police in United Kingdom (UK) arrested four Babbar Khalsa International
(BKI) militants, including the top leader Paramjit Singh Pamma,
for their involvement in the killing of Rulda Singh, the Punjab-based
chief of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh's (RSS) Sikh arm Rashtriya
Sikh Sangat, according to Times of India. Pamma had fled to Europe
from Punjab. The three other arrestees were identified as Gursharan
Bir Singh, Piara Singh Gill and Amritbir Singh. Sources in Punjab
Police said they were arrested in England on the basis of inputs
provided by India where intelligence agencies tracked certain leads
suggesting the BKI''s move to broaden its base in Punjab using its
sympathisers in the State. As the killing of Rulda Singh involved
Sikh extremism, the case is being investigated by the Counter Terrorism
Unit (CTU) of the West Midland Police in UK.
Rulda Singh was shot
near his residence in Patiala in July 2009 and Punjab Police had
managed to arrest two accused Darshan Singh and Jagmohan Singh in
September 2009. The interrogation of both the accused revealed the
UK connection in the murder and that the assassination was planned
by BKI's Pamma based in UK. The accused disclosed that acting at
the behest of Jagtar Singh Tara and others of the BKI, Pamma planned
the murder of Rulda. Tara had been arrested for his involvement
in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minster Beant Singh
but he managed to escape after digging a 94-long tunnel inside Burail
prison in Chandigarh in 2003.
18: Punjab Police said that it had arrested four militants of the
BKI and recovered weapons and explosives from them. The four include
BKI commander Harmohinder Singh, who was the mastermind in the 2007
Ludhiana cinema blast. The other three were his accomplices and
they were staying in a rented accommodation here for the past few
weeks. Police have recovered 3.1 kilogram of RDX, an AK-47 and a
revolver from them. "Following a tip-off from the family members
of Harmohinder, we laid a trap and arrested him and his three accomplices
from here Friday night. Harmohinder was one of the most wanted terrorist
and he was planning some more terror activities in this region,"
Khanna's Deputy Superintendent of Police Manjit Singh Brar told
IANS. According to Police sources, Harmohinder had fled to Pakistan
after the 2007 blast and only returned a few months ago. His wife
and other family members stay in Ludhiana.
June 22: The State
Special Operation Cell of Intelligence Wing of the Punjab Police
with the interrogation of arrested BKI militant Nishan Singh recovered
one AK-47 assault rifle, 110 cartridges, one revolver 32 bore and
three automatic Chinese pistols, reports Punjab News line. However,
Following Singh’s arrest, an Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) team had
visited his village, Daleke, in Taran Taaran District of Punjab.
The team recovered a huge cache of imported arms hidden in the farms
by Singh. The weapons were sent from Pakistan. An ATS official said,
"Investigations revealed that Singh’s family owns 13 acres
of agricultural land and a house in Daleke. On digging the farms,
we recovered an AK-47 rifle with 110 live rounds, one .32 Chinese
made pistol, one 9mm Belgium made pistol with eight rounds, one
.32 French made pistol and one .32 Kanpur ordnance factory made
pistol with 10 live rounds were seized." The official added
that Daleke is about 30 kilometres away from India-Pakistan border
and the weapons were sent from Pakistan. "Singh has also said
that in past 18 months, he had made dealings of 150 kilograms of
heroine through his drug syndicate. We are investigating whether
he had any drug network in Mumbai," the official said.
June 19: The Maharashtra
State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested a key BKI militant, who
had been on the run after firing at Narcotic Control Bureau officials
in Punjab in 2009. Nishant Singh Karam Singh (27), who is also allegedly
involved in drug smuggling, was arrested from Chembur after he arrived
in the Mumbai from Nanded with five of his associates. The Police
have seized a 12 bore rifle with 24 rounds of cartridges, two Point
32 pistols and a Toyaota Innova from him. Singh has been remanded
in Police custody till June 28. Singh, who was a sepoy in the army,
had served in Kargil, Siachen and Jammu and Kashmir. He has not
reported to duty for the past 4 years. "We have sent pictures
and other details to the Punjab Police who are supposed to send
a team to the city by late evening,’’ said ATS chief Rakesh Maria.
Acting on a tip-off, the Nanded ATS unit, led by Deputy Commissioner
of Police P. Sawant arrested Singh at Diamond Garden. When asked
what was Singh doing in Mumbai, Maria said, "We have to interrogate
him before making any comment.
June 18: The Punjab
Police arrested a BKI militant from Bhagowal village near Batala
area in Gurdaspur District. He was identified as Jagtar Singh, a
resident of Bhagowal village under Qilla Lal Singh Police Station.
Jagtar Singh was sent to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) Amritsar
for investigations, Batala Police sources said.
June 15: A suspected
militant of the BKI, identified as Sukhdev Singh alias Sukha, has
been arrested and 1.4 kilograms RDX, besides arms and ammunition,
recovered in Amritsar District, Police said. ''After a secret tip-off,
we arrested Sukhdev late Tuesday night from the border of Khalkian
and Rattangarh villages. He was wanted in many pending criminal
cases,'' Senior Superintendent of Police (Special Operation Cell)
Malwinder Singh said. ''We have recovered 1.4 kilogram RDX, two
pistols, one automatic machine gun and over 130 live cartridges
from his possession. Our interrogation is on and we are trying to
unearth other details from him,'' he added. Meanwhile, five persons
have been arrested from a village in Amritsar and six kilograms
of RDX as well 20 detonators, time-devices and heroin recovered
from them, Police said on June 10, reports IANS. The special operation
cell of the intelligence wing of Punjab Police raided a village
in border District follow a tip-off, said a senior official. "We
have arrested five accused and recovered six kilograms of RDX, 20
detonators, 10 time-devices, 10 metres of fuse wire and two kilograms
heroin from their possession," the official told IANS on condition
of anonymity. "Right now we are not in a position to tell from where
they had procured these explosives and drugs. Their interrogation
is on and very soon we will unearth the truth. We will look into
all aspects and also try to ascertain whether they have any foreign
links," he added.
June 14: Five suspected
militants of the BKI have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days
by the Dera Bassi court. Earlier, these militants were in Police
custody. According to information, militants sent to judicial remand
include Balbeer Singh, alias Bhootna, Nirmal Singh, alias Nimma,
Avtar Singh, Daljit and Deepak. The accused had reportedly been
involved in terrorist activities and arms and ammunition were also
seized from their possession.
June 12: The Police
arrested two suspected BKI militants and recovered a pistol and
10 live cartridges from their possession. Police said Balwinder
Singh alias Binda and Manjinder Singh alias Manna, residents of
Bijliwal village, were arrested from a fuel pump at Khanowal village
under Kila Lal Singh Police Station in Gurdaspur District when they
had gone there to get petrol for their motorcycle. They said Police
was on look out for the duo and they were arrested following disclosures
made by another BKI militant Harwant Singh alias PC, who was arrested
by Patiala Police three months earlier. The two arrested suspects
had hidden arms and ammunition in a water cooler they were carrying,
May 8: A car with
two kilograms of explosives was found abandoned near a busy Railway
Station in Amritsar, Police said. The vehicle reportedly carried
a fake Delhi registration number. "The car (DEA 5554) was found
near the crowded station," Amritsar Police Commissioner Varinder
Kumar Sharma told IANS. "One detonator and two packets
of explosives, weighing nearly two kg, were recovered from the vehicle.
The packets have been sent to the laboratory to ascertain their
exact content and the nature of the explosives. An extensive search
operation has been launched in the area," he added. Although,
so far, no particular terrorist outfit has taken the responsibility,
Police believe this incident was part of the attempt of BKI and
Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) elements to revive terrorism in
April 17: A suspected
Babbar Khalsa International BKI militant, identified as Avtar Singh,
was arrested by Zirakpur Police from Materi village in Ambala on
April 17. He was produced in the Derabassi court on April 18 from
where he was sent in Police remand till April 22. Station House
Officer Yogi Raj stated that they raided the accused’s hideout on
a tip-off and arrested him from Materi village bus stand. He is
said to be brother of another BKI cadre Purshotam Singh, who is
living in France. According to Police sources, Purshotam was regularly
sending money to BKI cadres in India to sustain their criminal activities.
March 30: A special
court sentenced BKI militant Paramjit Singh Bheora to
life imprisonment, after convicting him of involvement in the 1995
assassination of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. A fine
of INR 65000 was also slapped on Bheora, who was on March 29
convicted of criminal conspiracy for his involvement in the assassination
of Beant Singh by a suicide bomber, Dilawar Singh,August
31, 1995, at the high-security Punjab Civil Secretariat complex
in Chandigarh. Jagtar Singh Hawara, an accomplice
of Bheora, was earlier sentenced to death in 2007 in the
March 29: A BKI militant,
identified as Piara Singh, a resident of Gattikatar village in Ferozepur,
was arrested with 3.5 kilograms of RDX, which he had reportedly
smuggled from Pakistan for supplying to BKImilitants
in Punjab, Mohali SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said at a press
conference. With the arrest of the explosives supplier to BKI,
the Mohali District Police claimed to have foiled another bid of
the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-backed BKI to
revive militancy in Punjab, Delhi and across country.
The SSP added that Piara Singh was a known smuggler of heroin and
other contrabands and had walked out of jail a fortnight ago after
serving a term in a drug smuggling case. During his stay
in jail, he allegedly came in contact with some BKI militants, who
asked him to smuggle and supply explosives after his release from
jail, Bhullar claimed, while adding that Piara was arrested from
the clues extracted during interrogation of suspected BKI militants,
Gurpreet Singh and Balveer Singh Bhootna, who were taken into custody
from Nabha jail last week on production warrants.
The Police are, however,
still to identify one of Piara’s accomplices, in connivance with
whom, he had hidden the RDX underground near Mamdot area in Ferozepur. A
First Information Report against Piara was lodged under various
Sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, Explosives
Act, 1884, and Arms Act, 1959, at the Zirakpur Police Station on
March 19. Till now, a total of six suspected BKI militants
have been arrested in the case and INR 100000 alleged hawala (informal
money laundering system) money, a sophisticated revolver, three
live cartridges and five hand grenades recovered.
March 25: Three BKI
militants were arrested at Rajpura of Patiala District. They were
identified as Waryam Singh alias Jasbir Singh alias Giani of Mohali
District,Kulwant Singh of Mann Kheri District and Bhupinder Singh
of Ropar District. Senior Superintendent of Police R. S. Khatra
said that they confessed that they were in constant touch with Italy-based
BKI militant Jasvir Singh Jassi, who gave them the weapons to eliminate
Baba Bhaniarwala to create unrest in the State. They were paid heavily
by Jassi and were asked to step up militant activity in the State,
Khatra said. Waryam Singh, who was lodged in Ambala Jail for his
anti-social activities, had jumped parole and was declared a proclaimed
offender, he said. The trio had made unsuccessful attempts twice
to kill the Baba, Khatra said.
March 21: Two militants
of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), arrested by Mohali Police,
were produced in the court on March 21 and remanded to two-day Police
September 13: Rajasthan
Police and the Special Operations Group (SOG) seized a consignment
of explosives and firearms from a village in the Barmer District.
With the latest seizure, the Police have foiled attempts by the
Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) to execute attacks in the country,
said official sources. Intelligence agencies and the SOG in Rajasthan
have come across facts which indicate that the Pakistani ISI was
using the India-Pakistan border in Rajasthan to push in lethal material
into India. Two carriers, Fotia and Alia, belonging to Pakistan,
were entrusted with the task of pushing the consignment.
August 27: Four persons,
including a Police constable, were arrested for allegedly providing
shelter to a convict in the assassination of former Punjab Chief
Minister Beant Singh. They were arrested for harbouring Jagtar Singh
Hawara of the banned Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa International
(BKI). Hawara, the mastermind in the 1995 assassination, had jumped
jail a few years back and the four had allegedly given him shelter.
Amritsar Police arrested Constable Pavitar Singh, posted in Patiala
District, Bhupinder Singh, his wife Amarjit Kaur and Jaspal Singh
from Beas town, 40 kilometres from Amritsar. A sophisticated revolver
was recovered from them. They were allegedly having close links
with the BKI, Police said. Hawara was rearrested and is now lodged
in the Burail jail in Amritsar.
May 26: Another outlawed
militant outfit, the BKI, which also figures on the U.S. list of
terrorist organisations, has condemned the killing of Sant Rama
Nand in Vienna. Akash Radio claimed that the BKI chief Wadhawa Singh
Babbar said in an e-mail that the entire Sikh Panth regretted the
attack on Sant Niranjan Das and Sant Rama Nand. The e-mail said:
"Everyone knows that this attack was not done by the Sikh Panth.
Indian agencies are behind this attack; and they are trying to split
the Ravidasiya community from the Sikh Panth. The Khalsa Panth will
continue to cherish this relationship formed since the times of
Guru Nanak Devji… The Khalsa Panth requests the Ravidasiya community
to maintain peace. The Khalsa Panth will always stand by the Ravidasiya
community and will not let the Indian agencies succeed in their
20: Intelligence agencies are reported to have recently ascertained
that a joint meeting between militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT),
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI)
chief Wadhawa Singh was held in Rawalpindi in Pakistan during February
2009, where they planned terrorist attacks in Punjab during the
Parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in the fourth and fifth
phases on May 7 and May 13. Sources in the agencies said the Pakistan-based
terrorist outfits had planned to take help of local BKI cadres for
logistical support. A similar meeting had also taken place in December
2008 when Pakistan-based terrorist outfits had planned to infiltrate
their cadres through the fenced western border in Punjab and Rajasthan,
sources added. Meanwhile, the MHA has alerted the State to take
adequate measures in coordination with central intelligence and
security agencies to foil any such attempts. Agencies believed that
Wadhawa Singh continues to be a vital link between terrorists in
other countries and some radical elements in the Sikh community
in Punjab. Wadhawa Singh, hiding in Pakistan, is one of the 40 most-wanted
terrorists India has sought to be deported from Pakistan.
October 23: Two BKI cadres, Paramjit
Singh and Kamaljit Singh, were convicted and sentenced to seven
years rigorous imprisonment by a special court in Chandigarh in
the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh case.
The duo, described as human bombs in Police chargesheet, had reportedly
planned to revive terrorism and had been trained by BKI head, Jagtar
March 21: In a follow-up to the
December 31, 2007-arrest of four BKI militants, the Delhi Police
on March 20 claimed to have arrested two others of the same group
from Jalandhar in Punjab. Deputy Commissioner (Special Cell) Alok
Kumar said Jaswant Singh alias Kala (31) and Surender Singh alias
Fauji (22) were arrested on March 19 near Sutlej bridge in Jalandhar.
One .30 Star make pistol and one .22 Star make pistol with 11 live
cartridges were recovered from them. While Kala hails from Muktsar,
Fauji is a native of Jalandhar in Punjab, he said.
February 4: The BKI militants arrested
in connection with the blast at a cinema hall in Ludhiana on October
14, 2007, have told the investigators that they had approached Naga
outfits for supply of arms and ammunition. During their interrogation,
the militants told the central security agencies that few Sikh youths
had been tasked to kill political leaders including Punjab Chief
Minister Prakash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir, president of the
All India Anti-Terrorist Front M. S. Bitta and former Punjab Director
General of Police K. P. S Gill, official sources said. The militants
also told the investigators that they had tried to contact NSCN
insurgents for procuring of weapons, the sources said without elaborating
whether the Punjab militants were able to strike a deal with NSCN
militants or not.
January 16: Police in Ludhiana arrested
Mohammed Ali a.k.a. Alia for allegedly supplying RDX to the proscribed
BKI militants in order to create disruption in Punjab.
January 10: Intelligence inputs
on the movement of BKI militants have indicated that fugitive Jagtar
Singh Tara who had escaped from the high-security Burail Jail in
Punjab in 2004 and managed to cross over to Pakistan has moved up
the ladder in the hierarchy of the outfit and is now supervising
operations from there.
January 4: The Delhi Police claimed
to have foiled an attempt to kill Baba Pyara Singh Paniharewala,
a Ropar-based religious leader, with the arrest of four BKI militants,
Baljeet Singh, Bikkar Singh, Kulwinderjeet Singh and Tirlochan Singh.
On the hit list of the terrorists were four other prominent personalities
of Punjab, the police said. Four pistols and 124 live cartridges
were allegedly seized from their possession.
December 13, 2007:
The Punjab Police foiled an attempt by BKI terrorists to assassinate
the Sirsa-based Sacha Sauda (a sect) chief, Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh,
and heads of two other sects. The Senior Superintendent of Police
(Kapurthala), Rakesh Aggarwal, informed that three members of the
BKI module, identified as Gurinder Singh, Zorawar Singh alias Zora
and Parmider Singh alias Babloo, were arrested and two Improvised
Explosive Devices assembled by using 9.75 kg high quality RDX recovered.
The police also seized 300 grams of RDX, two detonators, two timers,
40 cartridges of different bores, four boxes of other explosive
material, two kg of copper wire and two mobile phones along with
several other articles. Aggarwal disclosed that 12 other BKI gang
members, including its kingpin Gurpreet Singh, were still at large.
July 31, 2007: The
Additional District and Sessions Judge in Chandigarh awarded death
sentence to Jagtar Singh Hawara of the BKI and Balwant Singh, two
of the six declared guilty in the Beant Singh assassination case.
Three other convicts, Gurmeet, Lakhwinder and Shamsher Singh, were
awarded life imprisonment for their involvement in the criminal
conspiracy, while the sixth convict, Naseeb Singh, was given 10
years of imprisonment under the Explosives Act along with a fine
of INR 10,000. However, since Naseeb, the oldest of the accused
at 72, had already undergone more than the sentence awarded to him,
he was freed soon after the sentencing.
June 11, 2007: Gurdip
Singh Rana, a Babbar Khalsa militant was sentenced to three years’
imprisonment after being convicted under the Arms Act at Kurukshetra
in the Haryana State. Wanted by the Punjab Police, Rana, who was
hiding in the Sujra village of Kurukshetra district, was arrested
on October 17, 2005.
June 6, 2007: Punjab
Police is reported to have traced the main conspirators of the May
22, 2005-bomb blasts in New Delhi, alleged to be members of the
pro-Khalistan outfit, Babbar Khalsa International, in Germany. The
police said it had moved an application before Chief Metropolitan
Magistrate Seema Maini in New Delhi for issuance of letters rogatory
seeking information about the suspects from the German authorities,
which was granted by the court. The letters rogatory (letter of
request) seek information about Satnaam Singh, son-in-law of Babbar
Khalsa chief Wadhwa Singh, his wife Sukhwinder Kaur and another
woman identified as Kanwaljit Kaur.
May 3, 2007: Intelligence
agencies reportedly said that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba
(LeT) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s external
intelligence agency, are trying to revive militancy in Punjab through
sympathisers of Sikh militant groups like the BKI, the International
Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and
Khalistan Commando Force (KCF). Information has reportedly been
sent to the Punjab Police about the plans to target towns of Jalandhar,
Ludhiana and Pathankot region. Instructions have also been given
to monitor the activities of sympathisers of BKI-Hawara, ISYF-Rode,
KZF- Neeta and KCF, who are sending funds through hawala (illegal
money transfers) to "re-launch their separatist movement."
July 2, 2006: A BKI
terrorist, Bachan Singh Sogi, accused of plotting to assassinate
the former Punjab Chief Minister, Prakash Singh Badal, his son Sukhbir
and former State Punjab Police chief, K.P.S. Gill, is deported by
Canada. Sogi was removed from the Riviere des Prairies detention
centre in north-end Montreal after Canada's Public Security Minister
Stockwell Day rejected his plea challenging a court order.
March 21, 2006: Four BKI terrorists
were arrested from Chandigarh in Punjab and one kilogram of RDX,
arms and ammunition were seized from their possession. Chandigarh
Police arrested the four from the Bus Stand in Sector 12 of the
city, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Yadav, told reporters.
Yadav said the arrested disclosed during preliminary interrogation
that they were part of the BKI module controlled by Jagtar Singh
Tara. The four, identified as Sukhwinder Singh alias Sukhi alias
Bullet, Dilbagh Singh, Ranjit Singh, all residents of Ropar district
in Punjab and Balbir Singh alias Nepali, a resident of Solan district
in Himachal Pradesh, were in contact with other BKI activists and
were one of the several modules raised by the outfit for the revival
March 20, 2006: Paramjeet Singh Bheora,
'head of operations' of the Babbar Khalsa International in India,
and two of his accomplices who were planning to set up base in Delhi
were arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police near G T Karnal
road. Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Special Cell), Karnal
Singh, said Paramjeet and his accomplices Jasbir Singh and Bhupinder
Singh were arrested following an exchange of fire. The police official
added, "four kilograms of RDX, three detonators, one remote control
device along with a wireless set, one timer, three pistols, 39 live
cartridges and three fired cartridges were recovered from them.
The stolen Santro car in which they were traveling was also seized."
Paramjeet was allegedly involved in the assassination of Punjab
Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995 and had taken over control of
Babbar Khalsa in India after its previous chief Jagtar Singh Hawara
was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 8, 2005.
November 19, 2005: The Punjab Police
arrested three Pakistan-trained terrorists of the BKI in the Jagroan
district and foiled their plan of a major strike in crowded localities
in Chandigarh and Delhi. The police seized 1.2 kilogram of RDX,
one pencil bomb, 28 detonators, a timer, 55 AK-47 cartridges, 56
Mauser cartridges and four .9 mm cartridges.
July 17, 2005: Police arrested three
BKI terrorists near Madhopur Chowk in the Fatehgarh Sahab district
of Punjab. One AK-47 rifle, 25 live cartridges and some explosives
are recovered from them.
July 14, 2005: Two BKI terrorists are
arrested by the Delhi Police from the Old Delhi railway station
in connection with the May 22 blasts at two cinema halls. The terrorists
are identified as Dilbagh Singh, a close relative of the Pakistan-based
BKI chief Wadhawa Singh, and Surender Singh Kanda, a Kenya-based
non-resident Indian, who reportedly worked as a visa agent.
June 16, 2005: The Punjab Police arrested
two close associates of Jagtar Singh Hawara from the Ropar district.
Swarn Singh and Paramjit Singh alias Bhola were arrested along with
10 kg of RDX, a detonating device switch, 10 PE3A gelatin sticks,
two infusion sticks, nine ABCD timers, four highly sophisticated
grenades, nine clap switches, one live bomb and two .25 mm Chinese
June 8, 2005: Jagtar Singh Hawara,
'operations chief' of the BKI in India, was arrested along with
two other accused in the May 22, bomb blasts from the G.T. Karnal
Road in Narela Industrial Area of Delhi.
June 5, 2005: A joint team of the Delhi
and Punjab Police arrested two BKI activists from Nawanshahar district
in Punjab. Bahadur Singh and Gurdip Singh alias Kaka were arrested
during raids on their houses at Malpur village and both were associates
of Jaspal, an accused in the May 22 cinema hall blasts in Delhi.
Two slabs of RDX weighing one kilogram, 11 detonators and cordex
wires were recovered from the arrested activists.
June 1, 2005: A day after police arrested
BKI activists, Balvinder Singh and Jaganath Yadav, in connection
with the blasts at the Liberty and Satyam cinema halls on May 22,
the Delhi Police (DP) seized illegal arms and ammunition from a
hideout of a BKI terrorist, who is still at large. The DP conducted
a raid at the hideout of Jaspal Singh at Inderpuri and recovered
1 kg of RDX, a timer, detonator, a.303 rifle, 20 rounds of ammunitions,
a uniform of a Punjab Police head constable and several fake driving
May 31, 2005: Two BKI terrorists are
arrested in connection with the May 22-bomb blasts at two cinema
halls in the national capital New Delhi. While Balwinder Singh was
arrested from a village at Nawanshahar in Punjab, the other accused,
Jagannath, was arrested from Madipur in Delhi. Rupees 2.94 lakh
in cash, a kilogram of RDX and two kilograms of gold was recovered
from the latter's house.
May 22, 2005: Two explosions are triggered
by crude devices at two cinema halls in the national capital Delhi,
during the screening of the Hindi film, Jo Bole So Nihal, killed
one person and injured at least 60 others. In the first incident
at Liberty Cinema on the G. T. Karnal Road, the device reportedly
exploded under a seat in the sixth row. The second bomb exploded
at the toilet of Satyam Cinema in Patel Nagar.
January 3, 2005: A BKI terrorist who
was involved in an assassination attempt on a senior police official
in Punjab and wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
for various crimes in the US is arrested by the Delhi Police. Prem
Pal Singh had stayed in the US, UK, Germany and Thailand for over
16 years using fake passports, said Deputy Commissioner of Police,
Deependra Pathak. He was reportedly arrested at a passport office
in Delhi when he was approaching agents to procure a US visa on
its forged passport. A resident of Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib,
Prem Pal worked as a Government employee before joining the BKI
September 21, 2004: The Punjab Police
re-arrests BKI terrorist, Gursewak Singh alias Babla, from a hospital
in the Raikot area of Ludhiana district. Babla had escaped from
police custody in the national capital Delhi on August 22 while
being taken to be produced before a court in connection with a 1998
case relating to sedition and violation of the Explosives Act.
September 8, 2004: Police stationed
in the Tarn Taran district of Punjab seized one AK-47 assault rifle
from Didar Singh alias Dari, a BKI terrorist, who was arrested in
connection with the murder of Baba Jagtar Singh, head of the Dera
Akal. According to district police chief Gurkirpal Singh, two magazines
and 30 cartridges were recovered from Didar, who is allegedly involved
in nine cases of heinous crimes.
April 30, 2004: The US includes the
BKI in its Terrorist Exclusion List.
January 22, 2004: Four undertrials,
including three accused in the Beant Singh assassination case, escape
from the high security Burail jail in Chandigarh. Those escaped
included BKI terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, Jagtar Singh Tara and
Paramjit Singh, the three main accused in the assassination.
April 29, 2002: Police thwart a major
conspiracy of the BKI to attack Wassan Singh Zaffarwal, VIPs and
shakhas (branches) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with
the arrest of five BKI terrorists in Gurdaspur, Punjab. A huge cache
of arms and ammunition is seized, too.
August 31, 2001: Punjab police arrest
a BKI terrorist. He confesses of plans to revive terrorism in Punjab
through setting-off explosions at public places. He also reveals
to his interrogators that terrorist leaders based in Britain and
Germany, as well as those sponsored by the ISI and residing in Pakistan,
were involved in the planning.
August 18, 2001: Under the leadership
of the BKI and other groups, pro-Khalistan activists and sympathiseers
hold a protest demonstration in front of the Indian consulate in
Frankfurt, and burn the Indian tricolour.
June 9, 2001: In a protest demonstration
staged at the Indian Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, against Operation
Blue Star, BKI leaders says no Khalistan terrorist should
surrender. The rally had allegedly been extended support by Pakistan’s
Consulate in Frankfurt.
May 22, 2001: Punjab Police foil an
attempt by terrorists to disrupt Ram Navami (Hindu religious celebration)
with the arrest of four terrorists and seizure of 3kg of RDX and
some arms and ammunition from Harchowal village, Batala district.
Manjit Singh, a close associate of BKI’s Mohal Singh had trained
the terrorists, to target the Ram Navmi procession. During interrogation,
the terrorists reportedly confessed to having crossed over to Pakistan
a number of times to bring in arms and ammunitions and to step-up
subversive activities in Punjab and Kashmir.
February 28, 2001: British government
proscribes Babbar Khalsa, as per the provisions of the new UK Terrorism
Act 2000, which became operational since July 2000.
October, 27 2000: Ajaib Singh Bagri
and Ripudaman Singh Malik, two BKI terrorists arrested by Canadian
police for their involvement in the mid-air explosion of Air India
flight-182 Kanishka, off the Irish coast.
October 14, 2000: The Central Bureau
of Investigation and Delhi Police seize a huge quantity of arms,
ammunition and 30 kg of RDX, in Libaspur locality in the national
capital, Delhi. Official sources believe they were stored there
to be passed-on later to a Babbar Khalsa terrorist in Punjab.
August 30, 2000: BKI terrorist arrested
in Jalandhar district, Punjab, and a cache of 3.9 kg of PETN high
explosives and timers is seized. Official sources say they had been
tasked by Wadhwa Sigh to target VIPs in Punjab.
February 2000: Following the June-arrests
in Delhi the Babbar network is traced to Ahmedabad and other areas
in Gujarat, particularly the border districts.
Gujarat Police arrest a Canada-based
Babbar terrorist, who disclosed the BKIs’ underworld connection.
Nearly six more suspected Babbar terrorists are arrested subsequently
and a BKI plot to abduct former Gujarat Chief Minister Chhabildas
Mehta is unearthed and folied.
January 17, 2000: At a meeting in Sacramento,
USA, leaders of the BKI discuss the declining interest in the idea
of Khalistan among the Sikh community. The modalities for involving
the younger Sikh generation, especially those employed in low-paid
jobs in the US, is also discussed.
January 6, 2000: A Pakistan based BKI
terrorist, who had consented to become a human bomb, is arrested
in Jaipur, Rajasthan and 5 kg of RDX, arms and ammunition are recovered
January 2000: Gujrat Police arrest
five Babbar Khalsa International terrorists from the Narol locality
in the State capital Ahmedabad, following a tip-off from Punjab
Police and union intelligence agencies. The terrorists were in Gujarat
to raise funds for the revival of Khalistan movement through abductions
February 26, 1999: Punjab Police arrest
four terrorists of the BKI and recover 10 kg of RDX, 1.5 kg of PETN,
half a kilogramme of heroin, an AK-56 rifle and a magazine
June 1999: Gujarat Police arrest three
suspected Babbar Khalsa terrorists and a local contact and recover
some arms and ammuntion.
In the same month a Babbar terrorist
is arrested in Hoshiarpur in Punjab. He confesses to his interrogators
that he and a Pakistani national entered India and had carried a
consignment of five AK-47 rifles and some explosives.
June 11,1999: Police in Baroda, Gujarat,
unearth an ISI module and arrest three BKI terrorist and a local
Sikh. A Chinese Pistol, two country-made pistols and some ammunition
June 1999: Delhi police arrest a suspected
suicide bomber, Richhpal Singh, on a mission to kill former Punjab
police chief KPS Gill.
July 1999: Delhi police arrest two
Babbar Khalsa terrorists with about two-kg of RDX.
June 23, 1999: Amritsar police arrested
two smugglers––close associates of Wadhwa Sigh and Mehal Singh.
Four kg of explosives is recovered from their possession.
Talwinder Singh Parmar, the alleged
mastermind of the mid-air explosion of Air India flight-182 Kanishka,
off the Irish coast, killed in Punjab.