Security agencies have been searching for fugitive Khalistani terrorists for a long time (File photo).New Delhi:
A day after a major crackdown on Khalistani terrorist and chief of banned separatist outfit Sikhs for Justice Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has prepared a list of 19 fugitive Khalistani terrorists based in the UK, the US, Canada, Dubai, Pakistan and other countries. Sources have said that the properties of these terrorists can also be confiscated. Security agencies have been searching for them for years.
Action will be taken against these terrorists under the strict anti-terrorism law UAPA. These terrorists are accused of running anti-India propaganda from abroad.
The nia list includes Paramjit Singh Pamma in the UK, Wadhwa Singh Babbar alias Chacha in Pakistan, Kulwant Singh Muthra in the UK, Jai Dhaliwal in the US, Sukhpal Singh in the UK, Harpreet Singh alias Rana Singh in the US, Sarabjit Singh Bennur in the UK, Kulwant Singh alias Kanta in the UK, Harjap Singh alias Jappi Singh in the California (US). Ranjit Singh Neeta in Lahore (Pakistan), Gurmeet Singh alias Bagga alias Baba in the UK, Gurpreet Singh alias Baghi in the UK, Jasmeet Singh Hakimzada in Dubai, Gurjant Singh Dhillon in Australia, Lakhbir Singh Rode in Europe and Canada, Amardeep Singh Purewal in California (US), Jatinder Singh Grewal in Canada, Dupinder Jeet in UK and S Himmat Singh in New York (US).
The NIA on Saturday seized Pannu's house in Chandigarh, Punjab. Land owned by him in Amritsar was also seized. Pannu, who faces 22 criminal cases, including three of sedition in Punjab, had recently threatened Indo-Canadian Hindus to leave the country and return to India.
The major action comes days after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau triggered a massive diplomatic row between the two countries over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
These terrorists advocate the separation of Punjab and many neighboring areas of India and creating a separate state based on religion, which is known as 'Khalistan'. Sikhs for Justice has also organised a "Punjab Independence Referendum" in Canada and Australia. The Indian government has termed the so-called referendum as "unfortunate" and asked the Canadian government to take action against it.
NIA attaches properties in Amritsar, Chandigarh against Khalistani terrorist Pannu