Sikh militant groups abroad continue with efforts to revive militancy in Punjab, says Indian minister

NEW DELHI – Sikh Militant groups especially those based abroad, continue to persist with their efforts to revive militancy in Punjab.

This was stated by RPN.Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs in written reply to a question by Hari Manjhi, D.B. Chandre Gowda, Abdul Rahman and Ramesh Bais in the Lok Sabha.
The Minister said that in countries where such activities have been noticed, Government of India has taken up the matter at the level of Foreign Office Consultations (FOCs), Ministerial meetings and Joint Working Groups on Counter Terrorism, sensitizing these Governments about India’s security concerns.

The Minister further told that the Government has adopted an integrated approach to counter such attempts which, inter-alia include sustained vigilance along the borders, strengthening of mechanisms for intelligence gathering and sharing; modernization and up-gradation of police and security forces with advanced/sophisticated weapons.

A close watch is maintained on the activities of various groups known to have been engaged in trying to foment terrorist activities in Punjab.

In addition, pro-Khalistan terrorist outfits namely, Babbar Khalsa International, International Sikh Youth Federation, Khalistan Commando Force and Khalistan Zindabad Force continue to be listed as Terrorist Organizations in the schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2004.