India Alerts Canada on Khalistan Terror Camp Planning Attack on Punjab

Representational image. Credit: PTI

Representational image. Credit: PTI

According to a report in The Times of India, Indian intelligence agencies have sounded an alert to the Canadian government, saying pro-Khalistani terrorists were running a camp in Mission City, near British Columbia, in order to carry out air strikes in Punjab.

In a report, intelligence agents from Punjab have stated that Canadian Sikh Hardeep Nijjar had taken over operations of the Khalistan Terror Force (KTF) and was gathering young Sikh fighters to carry out the attacks. The Punjab government has already filed a report with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Home Affairs, seeking Nijjar’s extradition.

Nijjar has been living in Surrey since 1995 on a Canadian passport. He is a known alleged terrorist in Punjab, wanted for the 2007 Shingaar cinema blast in Ludhiana that killed six people.

According to the intelligence report, Nijjar had planned to arrange weapons from Pakistan, but was unable to do so after the terror attack on the Pathankot air base on January 2 created a high alert on the border.

Another alleged KTF member, Mandeep Singh, was arrested from Chak Kalan village in Ludhiana two weeks ago after he made phone calls to Pakistan-based terror outfit Dal Khalsa International’s (DKI) chief Gajinder Singh (alleged mastermind of the 1981 hijack of a Delhi-Srinagar Indian Airlines flight) and Nijjar.

“Nijjar has been imparting arms training to his group in Canada after the arrest of former KTF chief Jagtar Tara in Thailand by Interpol last year. He took Mandeep Singh and three more Sikh youths recently for AK-47 training in a range near Mission where they were made to fire for four hours daily,” The Times of India quoted the report as saying. It also says that both Mandeep and Nijjar made frequent visits to Pakistan for arms training with the ISI. It has attached recent photographs of them brandishing AK-47s outside Nankana Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan.

“Mandeep came to India in January 2016 from Canada with a specific plan to target police officers, Shiv Sena leaders and dera chiefs. While in India, he was in constant touch with Nijjar and Gajinder Singh in Pakistan. He was doing a recce of targets in Patiala and Ludhiana while Nijjar was to arrange weapons from Pakistan,” claims the intelligence report.