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No soft-pedalling on terror; India comes out with evidence on BKI terrorists hiding in Canada, Pakistan


NIA declares cash rewards for information on these terrorists

NEW DELHI: Even as diplomatic relations with Canada nosedive, has made it clear that there will be no soft pedalling on terror threat from pro-Khalistani outfits as it came out with documentary evidence on six most wanted Khalistani terrorists of the proscribed Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) declaring cash rewards on them on Wednesday.

These terror operatives are suspected to be hiding in Canada where their accomplice Hardeep Singh Nijjar was shot dead in June. Despite Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's provocative assertion linking Nijjar's death to Indian intelligence operations, there is no let off steam by Indian security agencies who want to lay hands on terrorists and bust the trans- syndicates.

The Pakistan links of these Canada-based terrorists have also been ringing alarm bells for intelligence agencies who recently briefed National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. It is learnt that Doval is personally monitoring the security concerns arising out of the stress on diplomatic ties caused by Canada's denial of anti-India activities on its soil.

On Wednesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) made public names, faces, addresses and terror links of the Khalistani terrorists to track them down. It declared a Rs 100,000 cash reward each for information on Lakhbir Singh Landa, who is allegedly hiding in Canada, and Harvinder Singh Rinda in Pakistan. Their other accomplices in Canada— Parminder Singh Kaira alias Pattu and Satnam Singh alias Satta and Yadwinder Singh alias Yadda—have a Rs 500,000 cash reward each.

While the NIA does not name Canada while seeking information from the public on their whereabouts, the dossiers prepared by the intelligence agencies disclose how some of them used forged passports to escape to Canada where they were even detained by Canadian authorities recently, only to be let off.

The target of the trans-national terror ring is clearly where the BKI activities are aimed at disturbing peace and communal harmony and spreading terror, said NIA sources.

An NIA spokesperson said these wanted terrorists are accused of commission of terror acts and activities, besides raising funds for the BKI through smuggling of terrorist hardware and narcotics into Punjab and also through extensive extortion from businessmen and other prominent individuals.

“They are also wanted in cases relating to commissioning of targeted killings, as well as targeting of law enforcement agencies in order to create an of terror in Punjab,” said the agency.

The NIA investigations have further shown these terrorists to be recruiting new members for the BKI by promising monetary benefits. “They have also established a network of operatives in various countries to further their terror activities,” it said.

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