Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 1
India today declared nine individuals, including Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, a US-based key member of banned outfit Sikhs for Justice, as terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Those on list Wadhawa Singh Babbar, Lakhbir Singh, Ranjeet Singh, Paramjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, Gurmeet Singh Bagga, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Paramjit Singh and Gurpatwant Singh Pannu.
The Sikhs for Justice is the brain behind the “Khalistan 2020 referendum”. Pannu has been seen actively running a campaign against India and motivating Sikh youth from Punjab to join militancy.
Among others designated terrorists by the Ministry of Home Affairs are Paramjit Singh of Babbar Khalsa International, Hardeep Singh Nijjar of Khalistan Tiger Force and Gurmit Singh Bagga of Khalistan Zindabad Force.
Following an amendment in the UAPA, the government had first designated four individuals as terrorists: Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim. With today’s listing, the total number of people declared individual terrorists is 13.
“These individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from foreign soil. They have been trying to revive militancy in Punjab,” the MHA said in a statement.