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Punjab Wants Center To Cut Most Skih Names On Blacklist


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Chandigarh: The Punjab government has suggested that the Centre delete the names of all black-listed Sikhs, except for the 28 persons facing criminal cases in the state for militancy.

The Punjab government has found that out of the 169 persons listed by the Centre, there were only 28 who have cases registered against them in the state. The rest could not legally be categorised as militants.

The list was prepared in the period between the late eighties and early nineties - when militancy was on the rise — to identify Sikh separatists settled on foreign lands. These Sikhs were black-listed for fomenting violence demanding a separate Khalistan.

With the periodic revision of the list, which initially had over 1,000 names, the ministries of home and external affairs have brought the number down to 169.

The idea is unlikely to find favour with the Centre, a top official in Delhi said, because there had been large number of Khalistan propagators in countries like Canada, the US and the UK, who had been making strong efforts to foment trouble in Punjab.

“Many of these Khalistan propagandists find support in the political parties, including the Akali Dal,” a central government official said. Last time when prime minister Manmohan Singh was in Canada in June, the Khalistani propagators, with their roots in Punjab, had staged protest. They had also tried to disrupt a meeting of Amarinder Singh during his visit to Canada as the chief minister in 2006, he said.

According to the Centre, the Punjab government’s observation on the blacklist was largely guided by political compulsions of the Akalis. “With the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee elections round the corner, it seems to be an Akali Dal ploy to placate the Sikh vote bank,” an officer said.
While there have been efforts to help Sikh separatists join the mainstream, the fact that subversive elements were still active in Punjab could not be overlooked, the officer added.


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