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Controversial 'Sikh Militants, LeT Trying To Revive Terrorism In Punjab'

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NEW DELHI: The Intelligence Bureau today warned that "inimical agencies" from "international bases" were trying to revive Sikh militancy in Punjab by forging an alliance between Sikh militant groups and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"The attempts to revive Sikh militancy using international bases is another worrisome trend," Director, Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Mathur said addressing the two-day conference of Director Generals of state police here.

"There have been clear attempts by inimical agencies abroad to reactivate Sikh terrorist elements, forge nexus between LeT and terrorist groups like Babbar Khalsa International and the Khalistan Zindabad Force and mobilise their resources for planning terrorist violence in Punjab and elsewhere in the country," Mathur said.

Earlier this month, Minister of state for Home Affairs Ajay Maken had also warned against attempts by Sikh groups to revive militancy.

"A close watch is maintained on the activities of various groups known to have been engaged in trying to foment terrorist activities in Punjab," the Minister had said.

Babbar Khalsa International, International Sikh Youth Federation, Khalistan Commando Force and Khalistan Zindabad Force are listed as terrorist organisations in the schedule of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2004.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6431335.cms
 

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NEW DELHI: The Intelligence Bureau today warned that "inimical agencies" from "international bases" were trying to revive Sikh militancy in Punjab by forging an alliance between Sikh militant groups and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"The attempts to revive Sikh militancy using international bases is another worrisome trend," Director, Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Mathur said addressing the two-day conference of Director Generals of state police here.

"There have been clear attempts by inimical agencies abroad to reactivate Sikh terrorist elements, forge nexus between LeT and terrorist groups like Babbar Khalsa International and the Khalistan Zindabad Force and mobilise their resources for planning terrorist violence in Punjab and elsewhere in the country," Mathur said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6431335.cms
Please note that Mr. Matthur was attending the same conference as Mr. Chidambaram

Who is said to warn, "that there has been no let up in attempts to radicalise the youth, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that a new phenomenon of "saffron terrorism" involved in many bomb blasts has been uncovered.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/278524/New-phenomenon-of-saffron-terrorism-PC.html

 
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ISI trying to revive Punjab militancy: IB

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ISI trying to revive Punjab militancy: IB


Vishwa Mohan, TNN, Aug 26, 2010, 02.48am IST

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<!-- google_ad_section_start -->NEW DELHI: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) on Wednesday warned that "inimical agencies" operating from "international bases" were trying to revive militancy in Punjab by forging an alliance between Khalistani groups and Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (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 Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and mobilise their resources for planning terrorist violence in Punjab and elsewhere in the country."

Mathur, who was addressing a conference of director generals of state police and chiefs of paramilitary forces, did not name any country or identify any agency but officials tracking the development later said interrogation of those arrested recently in Jalandhar and Amritsar clearly hinted at their association with Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.

The IB chief's remarks come nearly a month after Punjab Police arrested five BKI militants, including one Pal Singh, in July. Singh, a French national, was arrested from Dhandowal village in Jalandhar district. It is suspected that he was in the village to recruit youngsters for the terrorist outfit's sleeper cell.

It was, however, not a one-off arrest. In May, the state police had arrested Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) militant Bakshish Singh alias Baba in Amritsar district and recovered 2.3 kg of RDX from him. His interrogation had revealed that KLF had set up base in Malaysia where a large number of Sikhs are living as illegal immigrants.

"It was disclosed by Baba that KLF had set up its base in Malaysia mainly to recruit cadres from among illegal immigrants," said a senior official.

Baba, who was working at the behest of ISI, also admitted that he had planted an IED outside an LPG bottling plant in Nabha town and an explosive device in a Maruti car near IAF's Halwara base in January.

In July, German police had arrested two KZF terrorists -- Gurmeet Singh alias Bagga and Bhupinder Singh alias Bhinda -- in Frankfurt on charges of hatching a conspiracy to kill Radha Swami Satsang Beas Dera head Baba Gurinder Singh who was on his Europe tour.

"Information shared by Germany indicated the Khalistani militants' design to revive militancy in Punjab through fresh recruitments," an official said.

source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/6434557.cms?prtpage=1
 
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