Indian intelligence agencies have informed Canadian government about a pro-Khalistan group running a terrorist camp near Mission city in British Columbia.
According to a Times of India report, agencies have informed Canadian government that the group is planning to carry out terrorist strikes in Punjab.
Punjab intelligence agency has revealed that Canadian Sikh Hardeep Nijjar is the new operational head of Khalistan Terror Force (KTF). He has also created a module of Sikh youths to carry out the attacks in Punjab.
A report of the Punjab government has been submitted to the ministry of external affairs and ministry of home affairs, seeking extradition of Nijjar from Canada. The report reveals that Nijjar was assigned the job to arrange weapons from Pakistan but failed to do so due to high alert on the border following Pathankot attack.
Nijjar has been living in Surrey since 1995. He has a Canadian passport (QK139247), and is wanted in India in connection with the 2007 Shingaar cinema blast in Ludhiana in which six people were killed. Nijjar became the chief of the KTF following the arrest of Jagtar Tara – former KTF chief – in Thailand. Tara was arrested by Interpol in 2015. Thai authorities had also detained Nijjar last year when he was flying back from Lahore to Vancouver via Bangkok.
Two weeks ago, Punjab Police had arrested a suspected KTF member, Mandeep Singh, from Chak Kalan village in Ludhiana. Mandeep is said to have made phone calls to Nijjar as well as to Gajinder Singh – the chief of a Pakistan-based terror outfit Dal Khalsa International. Mandeep had to come to India (from Canada) in January this year with a plan to attack Shiv Sena leaders, police officers, and dera heads. For the past few months, he was in contact with Nijjar and Gajinder Singh. He had already done recce of several targets in Ludhiana and Patiala.