Mumbai: Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday announced nine individuals named as terrorists under the provisions of the Amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to attempt to revive terrorism in Punjab.
According to the government, individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and from foreign soil. They have been tireless in their nefarious efforts to destabilize the country, efforts to revive the militancy in Punjab and the country’s unstable efforts through joining and supporting the Khalistan movement.
The nine persons include heads and members of various terrorist organizations, namely Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), and Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) apart from Unlawful Association Sikh for Justice (SfJ).
Today those who were declared as terrorists are Pakistan-based BKI chief chief Wadhawa Singh Babbar, Pak based ISYF chief Lakhbir Singh, Pak based KZF chief Ranjeet Singh, Pak based KCF chief Paramjit Singh, Germany based key KZF member Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, Germany based KZF key member Gurmeet Singh Bagga, USA based key member of unlawful association SfJ Gurpatwant Singh Pannum, Canada based chief of KTF Hardeep Singh Nijjar, and Uk based BKI chief Paramjit Singh.
The UAPA, 1967 was amended in August 2019 by the Centre to include the provision of designating an individual as a terrorist.