Brar attack: Intelligence points to Babbar Khalsa
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The Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) is likely to be behind Sunday's attack on Lt Gen (retd) K S Brar in London, according to the claims of central intelligence agencies. The agencies also point out that radical Sikh groups like Dal Khalsa UK have been organising protests for years now outside the Indian High Commission office in London and the consulate office in Birmingham.
The claims by the Punjab Police that terrorism was being revived in the state with active help from abroad was strengthened around a month ago with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registering a case under unlawful activities Act against BKI members. According to sources, besides Akhand Kirtanee jathas, two UK-based sympathisers have been sending money to the BKI sleeper cells in Punjab to revive terror activities.
The FIR in the case, submitted to the Special NIA Judge in Mohali, stated that UK-based operatives, who are members of BKI — a proscribed terror body and its front organisations, including Akhand Kirtnee jatha — were transferring huge amount of money to BKI sleeper cells in Punjab and other places for jailed terrorists and their families.
It added that a BKI operative based in the UK, Balbir Singh Bains, alone had send around Rs 25 lakh through various channels, including a private financial company, between September 2010 and January 2012. Another BKI operative, Joga Singh, had also transferred funds to members in India. He frequently visits Pakistan and maintains close links with BKI terrorists Jagtar Singh Tara and Wadhawa Singh based there. The funds so received are distributed through a number of intermediaries, most of whom have been involved in terror activities.
The FIR further stated that there are creditable inputs showing that Jagtar Singh Tara and Wadhawa Singh, along with their associates, were actively trying to revive terrorism in Punjab.
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