NIA Chargesheet against Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet before a Delhi special court here on Thursday against a Canada-based Khalistani terrorist for his involvement in a conspiracy to carry out attacks in India after arranging arms and ammunition from Pakistan. A NIA chargesheet was filed under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act before against Hardeep Singh Nijjar, originally hailing from Jalandhar and currently residing in Surrey, Canada, said investigators of the agency.
The case relates to a conspiracy hatched by Nijjar of proscribed terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), and others to carry out terrorist attacks in India, said the official of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He used to send funds to India through various Money Transfer Service Scheme (MTSS) services and hawala channels for developing a network of sympathizers for undertaking targeted killings in Punjab and was trying to arrange arms and ammunition from his Pakistan-based associates for executing his nefarious plans, the official said.
Nijjar is also associated with ‘Sikhs For Justice‘ and has been trying to radicalize the Sikh community across the world in favor of the creation of ‘Khalistan’. He has been trying to incite Sikhs to vote for secession, agitate them against the Government of India, and carry out violent activities through various posts, audio messages, and videos posted on social media, the official said.
Nijjar has been designated as a ‘terrorist’ under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the NIA official said, adding that further investigation in the case continues.
The previous week also NIA filed a chargesheet against seven Khalistani terrorists, two of whom are in Canada, for their alleged involvement in threatening businessmen and extortion in Punjab, an official said. Nijjar also figured in this case. The other accused were identified as Lovepreet Singh, Kamaljeet Sharma and Arshdeep Singh of Moga, Ram Singh of Ferozepur, Gagandeep Singh of Meerut, Mohammad Asif Ali of Meerut. Arshdeep Singh is in Canada along with Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
This case was registered in May after the Punjab Police received information that Arshdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh, both currently based abroad, had formed a gang and were threatening and extorting money from businessmen of the state, the official said. The NIA took over the case in June and unearthed the conspiracy hatched by Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canada-based self-styled chief of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) and designated terrorist, in collusion with his associate Arshdeep Singh for kidnapping and subsequently killing persons of other faiths to disturb communal harmony in Punjab, said the agency officials.
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