9 males, wished within the nation for his or her hyperlinks to foreign-based pro-Khalistan teams, have been declared as “designated terrorists” beneath the amended Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Centre stated immediately. The transfer consists of US-based Gurpatwant Singh Pannun of banned Sikhs For Justice outfit, who has been instigating younger males to unfold terrorism in Punjab.
The Centre had final 12 months amended the stringent Act because it included the availability for declaring people “designated terrorists”- earlier solely outfits could possibly be designated as terrorists.
Aside from Pannun, Paramjit Singh (Babbar Khalsa Worldwide), Hardeep Singh Nijjar (Khalistan Tiger Power), Gurmit Singh Bagga (Khalistan Zindabad Power), Wadhawa Singh Babbar (Babbar Khalsa Worldwide), Lakhbir Singh (Worldwide Sikh Youth Federation), Ranjeet Singh (Khalistan Zindabad Power), Paramjit Singh (Khalistan Commando Power), Bhupinder Singh Bhinda (Khalistan Zindabad Power) have additionally been designated as terrorists.
All have been primarily based overseas with the vast majority of them being in Pakistan. They’ve been attempting to revive terrorism and assist for pro-Khalistan sentiments, an authorities official stated.
“A number of the names additionally determine within the record handed to Pakistan by former residence minister P Chidambaram however Pakistan was not taking any motion towards them. With them now being designated as particular person terrorists, the federal government can seize their properties,” a senior functionary within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs explains.
These terrorists have been concerned in varied acts of terrorism from throughout the border and from overseas soil, he stated.
“They’ve been relentless of their nefarious efforts of destabilizing the nation, by attempting to revive militancy in Punjab via their anti-national actions and thru their assist to and involvement within the (so-called) Khalistan Motion,” he provides.
That is the second time the federal government has invoked the amended regulation. Final 12 months, the Centre had declared Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim as designated terrorists.