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Controversial Council: No evidence of Sikh separatists here (Yet more news manipulation?)

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    Council: No evidence of Sikh separatists here

    Three examples of questionable reporting have occurred in the last 2 weeks. One news article reported that Tat Khalsa members had been arrested in Punjab; however the text of the article never mentioned Tat Khalsa, and it was Babbar Khalsa members who had been taken into custody in Punjab. The news venue replied to my email, saying they were only reporting what police officials had told them.

    http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/hard-talk/31511-tat-khalsa-sic-babbar-khalsa-supporting.html

    In another example, also followed by SPN, a stream of articles predicted that Sikh "extremists" are geared to disrupt the Delhi games. Thus the Queen of England will not attend, nor will major media figures attend. Here are two threads posted at SPN.

    http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/general/31568-god-believers-association-warn-sikh-militant.html

    http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/hard-talk/31576-sikh-ultras-may-target-delhi-games.html

    Yet, leading news organization TEHELKA reported to the contrary that these games have become so commercialized that celebrities have withdrawn their interest. No mention of Sikh extremists by TEHELKA. The third example: Here at SPN we have also been following a story in which Sikh extremists are allegedly setting up base in Malaysia, according to law enforcement in India.

    http://www.sikhphilosophy.net/world/31641-police-constantly-lookout-militant-activities-no.html

    This particular article is the 3rd posted here at the forum dealing with that claim. For two days, Malaysia law enforcement has stated there is no basis for such alarm, and they are dismayed. Read on. This is the second article posted by SPN in which Malaysian officials deny that Sikh extremists are setting foot nearby Kuala Luampur.


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    PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council expressed shock at a claim by Punjab police that a Sikh separatist group has set up base outside Kuala Lum*pur.

    Council president Harcharan Singh urged the Punjab police to provide Malaysian police with any evidence as the claim could tarnish the country’s good name.

    He said the council was convinced there is no such group operating here and enquiries with the Seremban Gurdwara Sahib shows there is no basis to the claim.

    “Malaysian Sikhs do not believe in the use of violence to achieve one’s aim,” Harcharan said in a statement yesterday.

    A Bernama report from New Delhi on Wednesday stated that Punjab police believed the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) had set up base outside Kuala Lumpur and four members were believed to be hiding in Malay*sia.

    Information on the KLF base in Malaysia was obtained following the arrest of a suspected militant in Punjab on Monday.

    The report stated the 22-year-old man was linked to a series of bombings in the state early this year.

    The KLF movement was started by Sikh hardliners who staged an armed struggle against the Indian Government in the 1980s and 1990s, seeking a separate Sikh homeland to be called ‘Khalistan

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/7/30/nation/6762298&sec=nation
     
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    Now here is a related article. Does this make sense? If Interpol is involved in this story or knows something, then how would Malaysia authorities not know about it BEFORE they were informed by a newspaper? That is the nature of Interpol, to work with national law enforcement behind the scenes, gathering information and disseminating information. Interpol would have learned about Sikh insurgents initially in part from Malaysia intelligence, because Malaysia would have fed them information of interest, not Indian newspapers. Naturally anything is possible in this universe.

    Why would Malaysia check with Interpol to find out if the story coming from India has feet? Please note that in the article below, the story of Sikh insurgency in Malaysia has now been connected to the story of Sikh terrorists at the Delhi Commonwealth Games!

    Unless of course...

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    Malaysia awaits Indian report on Sikh militants


    Kuala Lumpur, July 30 (IANS) Malaysia is awaiting details from Indian authorities and Interpol on a Sikh militant group that is suspected to have set up base outside the national capital.

    Malaysia is working with Interpol and the Indian authorities to check on the activities of Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Thursday.

    The threat of the militant group was “real but not necessarily on Malaysian soil”, New Straits Times quoted him as saying.

    “We monitor all militant groups in Malaysia. In this context, we are waiting for the necessary details from the Indian authorities and Interpol.

    “We might be a transit point and might also be the destination. However, I am not in a position to disclose the details at the moment,” he said.

    A report by Bernama, Malaysia’s official news agency, Wednesday quoted Punjab Police in India as saying that four KLF militants were hiding and canvassing for support in Malaysia.
    Hossain said the presence of the group showed that terrorism was not exclusive to any race or religion.

    A senior police officer Wednesday said that there is no evidence to support a claim by the Punjab Police about a militant base.

    “We can confirm there is no such group based here,” Federal Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terror*ism) department director, Commissioner Mohamed Fuzi Harun, said in a press statement.

    Malaysia is home to 100,000 Sikhs who are part of a larger 1.7 million strong Indian diaspora.

    Information on the KLF base in Malaysia was obtained following the arrest of a suspected militant in Punjab Monday.

    Intelligence agencies suspect that Sikh militants based outside Punjab are preparing to create mayhem in New Delhi before the Commonwealth Games in October, the media report from India had said.


    More at : Malaysia awaits Indian report on Sikh militants http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal...n-sikh-militants_100404219.html#ixzz0vCiWwX00
     
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