Aman Sood, Tribune News Service
Patiala, September 28. The National Investigating Agency (NIA), has lodged a formal FIR to investigate the role of banned outfit, the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) in trying to revive terror in Punjab.
The FIR would help the agency to check BKI’s funding channels, keep tab on their members and even confiscate their properties.
The police in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi have allegedly busted various modules of BKI in the recent past.
Sources said regular inputs were shared with NIA counterparts to identify the funding channels of the BKI. “But in the interest of the nation, we cannot discuss such issues,” said a senior police officer of the Punjab Police.
According to the NIA, a formal FIR has been lodged at the agency headquarters in New Delhi. Following Ministry of Home Affairs orders, a case was registered under Sections 121 and 121 (A) of IPC that pertains to waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging a war against the Government of India and under Sections 17, 18, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
“Many NGOs based in Europe, Asia and Canada, that have donated money to BKI, are under our scanner,” said a senior police officer.
In 2011, a confidential letter, shot to the AIG’s (Counter Intelligence Unit) in Patiala, Bathinda, Jalandhar and Amritsar on October 21, 2011, the state police had asked for a review of the list of suspected BKI members on November 9. Many on the list have been missing from Punjab for the past over two decades. While few of the suspects have been arrested, others are still on the run.
The suspects Bakshish Singh, Gurdial Singh, Gurinderjit Singh Mana, Gurmit Singh Amalo, Harbhajan Singh, Harjot Singh, Harminder Singh, Harpal Singh Cheema, Harwinder Singh, Jagdev Singh Alias Gursharanbir Singh, Jasbir Singh, Jaspal Singh, Jassa Singh, Kuldip Singh, Narinder Singh, Nazam Singh, Puran Singh, Ramandeep Singh Goldy, Sukhwinder Singh, Supinder Singh and Surmukh Singh