In a list that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh handed over to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on February 21 has minute details of the nine men who are seen as the most active handlers of alleged Khalistani terrorists in Punjab.
Most of them are linked to International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) and Khalistan Tiger Force. Details in the list include when they last visited India, how they funded firearms for terror modules and how they received funds from terror groups in Pakistan.
Of the nine names, five have been booked for various crimes including terror activities. They are Gurjeet Singh Cheema, Gurpreet Singh, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Gurjinder Singh Pannu and Malkeet Singh alias Fauji.
There are four other men on the list, which the Government is not making yet making public as the men are still being investigated and are yet to be booked for serious offences. The process of issuing red corner notices against the accused is also under process.
#WATCH ‘I raised issue of #Khalistan as its the primary issue and there is money coming in from various countries including Canada’ says Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh after meeting Canadian PM #JustinTrudeau pic.twitter.com/lY201BzX7H
— ANI (@ANI) 21 February 2018
Trudeau’s trip, which was supposed to be a public relations exercise, turned into a political minefield after senior ministers of both the Centre and the Punjab government initially avoided meeting him to register their protest over the Canadian government’s alleged proximity to some so-called Khalistani sympathisers. Interestingly, ISYF figured even in the joint statement that Trudeau and Modi released after meeting on Friday.
Details of the infamous 5:
Gurjeet Singh Cheema
– Canadian national based in Brampton and Toronto
– International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) operative
– Originally from Jogi Cheema village, Gurdaspur
– Last visited Punjab in March-April, 2017, to create ISYF module for terrorist activities
– Visited Gwalior in March 2017 to source weapons
– Transferred funds to the module in July 2016, May 2017
– Arranged consignment of militants’ hardware through Pakistani terrorists
- Gurpreet Singh
– Based in Brampton city, Canada
– ISYF operative
– Has roots in two villages in Moga – Lande and Hakam Ka Agwar
– Visited India in March 2016 to activate militant module
– In November 2016, sourced two pistols with help from Pakistan-based Harmeet PhD for ISYF members
– Provided funds for buying pistols from Gwalior in April 2017
– Transferred funds to militant operatives in Punjab in 2016 and 2017
- Hardeep Singh Nijjar
– Based in Surrey, Canada
– Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) operative
– Originally from Bhar Singhpur village of Phillaur, Jalandhar
– Trained 4 Sikh youths in AK-47 and sniper firing in Mission Hills near British Columbia in December 2015 for terrorist activities in Punjab
– One of these 4 youths – Mandeep Singh Dhaliwal- sent to Punjab for targeted killings was arrested in May 2016
- Gurjinder Singh Pannu
– Settled in Hamilton port city, Canada
– ISYF operative
– Originally from Chaudhari Wala village in Tarn Taran
– Funded purchase of weapons between June 2016 and February 2017 to ISYF members Gurpreet Peet and others, arrested by Punjab police
- Malkeet Singh alias Fauji
– Settled in Surrey, Canada