Khalistan

  • 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star June 6, 2014

    Amritsar: Billboards welcome tourists on roads leading to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest place for Sikhs. It is a symbol of peace and it is always festive here. But it was not so three decades back. On June 6, 1984, the area near the Golden Temple was under curfew...
  • Former policeman creates ruckus in Jaitley's press conference April 10, 2014

    Amritsar: Arun Jaitley faced a peculiar situation at his press conference on Thursday after a suspended police officer started raising pro-Khalistan slogans and asked the BJP leader to clear his stand on supporting SAD, whose chief he claimed had paid tribute to founder of the Khalistan movement Jagjit Singh Chohan...
  • Centre assures SC it will not execute death row convict Bhullar February 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre has assured the Supreme Court that death row convict Khalistan Liberation Force terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar will not be executed. The assurance comes in the wake of a mercy plea filed by his wife which is still pending before the President. The government has...
  • Bhullar moves SC to commute his death penalty to life term January 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Khalistani terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar has approached the Supreme Court seeking commutation of his death penalty to life term. The court has listed his curative petition for hearing on January 28. Bhullar's petition comes just a few days after judgement where the Supreme Court ruled that a delay...
  • Anger in the country has to be brought down: Rahul Gandhi July 25, 2013

    Citing the example of Punjab where peace was restored after a long period of militancy, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said there was a "lot of anger" in India which should be brought down and the country should move forward by taking all sections along. "India is a thought...youths make it, you...
  • US: Indian-Ameican Congressman Ami Bera joins Sikh caucus May 8, 2013

    Washington: The newly-formed American Sikh Congressional Caucus, which is backed by groups and individuals who in the past have openly supported the Khalistan movement, has got a shot in the arm with Ami Bera, the only Indian-American Congressman, joining the group. Bera said he decided to join the Sikh Congressional Caucus...
  • Trial of accused in Brar attack case adjourned till May 20 April 12, 2013

    London: The trial of two Sikh men and a woman accused of attacking 1984 Operation Blue Star hero Lt Gen (retd) KS Brar in London has been adjourned till May 20 as the judge was busy with another case. Mandeep Singh Sandhu, 34, Dilbagh Singh, 36, and Harjit Kaur, 38,...
  • Punjabi film 'Sadda Haq' on Khalistan movement banned in Punjab April 5, 2013

    Chandigarh: 'Sadda Haq (Our right), a Punjabi film based on real life events during the Khalistan movement, was tonight banned by the Punjab Government on the eve of its release across theatres in the state tomorrow. According to an official spokesman here, the step to ban the film till further orders...
  • Terror outfits looking to attack India: Govt December 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Intelligence inputs indicate that the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Indian Mujahideen are scrounging for a window to carry out terrorist attacks in India while there are no such hints from the Taliban, the government said on Tuesday. Minister of State for Home RPN Singh told the Lok Sabha that...
  • Two more arrested over attack on Lt Gen Brar November 23, 2012

    London: British Police have arrested two more persons, including a woman, in connection with the assassination attempt in London on Lt Gen (retd) KS Brar, the hero of the 1984 Operation Blue Star. Brar, 78, on a private visit, was returning to his hotel with his wife when he was...
  • The Last Word: Is honouring Gen Vaidya's assassins disrespect to the army? October 11, 2012

    In a controversial move the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday honoured the killers of former Army Chief General AS Vaidya in the Golden Temple, calling the Khalistani terrorists Sikh martyrs. ...
  • SGPC honours ex-Army Chief Gen Vaidya's killers October 10, 2012

    Amritsar: In a controversial move the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Wednesday honoured the killers of former Army Chief General AS Vaidya in the Golden Temple, calling the Khalistani terrorists Sikh martyrs. Even as a debate is raging over the raising of a Blue Star memorial in Amritsar and...
  • Operation Blue Star: 28 yrs on, militancy fear back June 6, 2012

    Chandigarh: Not learning from a dark past, on the anniversary of Operation Blue Star, a series of arrests has once again raised fears of militancy in the state. There were also reports of increasing number of youngsters from the state undergoing training in Pakistan. Provocative statements from the SAD-dominated SGPC focus...
  • Ambala RDX haul: KTF claims responsibility October 31, 2011

    New Delhi: The Khalistan Tiger Force on Monday claimed responsibility for the Ambala RDX Haul, saying that the explosive were sent to terminate Congress leader Sajjan Kumar. Sajjan Kumar is a key accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Earlier on Monday, the Khalistan Tiger Force has issued a letter to the media...
  • Pak's ISI, LeT trying to revive Sikh militancy October 13, 2011

    New Delhi: The foiled terror plot in Ambala which was meant to target Delhi shows once again how the Lashkar-e-Toiba is trying to revive the Sikh militancy in Punjab by forging a nexus with terrorist groups like the Babbar Khalsa. October 31 will mark 25 years of the assassination of former...
  • Book by Congress vindicates our stand: Badal June 12, 2011

    Patiala: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that the recent book published by Congress party vindicated Akali Dal's stand that leaders of the ruling party at the Centre was responsible for the 1980s crisis in the state. He, however, refused to comment on the allegation that militant...
  • Ex-Punjab DGP against clemency for Bhullar May 30, 2011

    New Delhi: Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill has hit out at attempts to politicise the mercy plea of Khalistani terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar ahead of elections in the Punjab. Gill said, "There should be no clemency for Bhullar and that politics is being played over it as elections are due...
  • KLF functionary's mercy petition rejected May 26, 2011

    New Delhi: After seven years, the go-ahead has been given for execution of two murder convicts that could start the process of clearing the long list of death row convicts, including Afzal Guru and Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts, awaiting punishment. President Pratibha Patil has rejected the mercy petitions of Devinder Pal...
  • Put 1984 riots behind, PM tells Canadian Sikhs June 29, 2010

    Toronto: Assuaging the Sikhs in Canada that his government was doing everything possible to heal the wounds of the 1984 riots, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday urged the community to put the past behind them and move forward. In a meeting with Indo-Canadian parliamentarians before paying his respects to...
  • Canada warns Khalistani groups against violence April 27, 2010

    Toronto: In a stern warning to Sikh radicals in Canada, the Canadian government said on Monday that "threats of violence" by extremists will not be tolerated. The warning comes after last week's threats in Vancouver by hardliner Sikhs to Indo-Canadian leader and former Canadian health minister Ujjal Dosanjh. Speaking in the House...
  • Two KLF terrorists arrested in Punjab with explosives February 21, 2010

    Nabha, (Punjab): Two Khalistan Liberation Force ( KLF) militants who were planning a major strike in Punjab were on Sunday arrested along with eight kilogram explosives and fire arms, police said. Both belong to the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), a terrorist organisation in Punjab, and were planning a major strike...
  • Centre may consider amnesty for ex-Sikh militants February 20, 2010

    Attari, Punjab: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said that the Centre could consider amnesty for Sikh youths, who had taken to militancy earlier, if the Punjab government drew a scheme on the lines of Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to reporters here after laying the foundation stone of the integrated...
  • Orphans of Punjab's militant past look at future November 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Among the worst affected by the militancy in Punjab were the children of militants. They lost their fathers, mothers and family members to the bullets of security forces. Even as their parents paid for the war waged against the state, the innocent children struggled to grow up in...
  • Revival of Khalistan? Reunion planned in Europe October 31, 2009

    October 31 will mark 25 years of the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards. More than two decades later, the Khalistani movement may have died down in India, but there is now a renewed attempt of some Sikh militant groups based in Europe and the...
  • Suspected terrorist held for plotting to kill Punjab CM August 28, 2009

    Ludhiana: Police on Thursday arrested a suspected militant in Ludhiana for allegedly plotting to kill Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal. Daljit Singh Bittu, who was involved in the Khalistan movement of 1980s, was arrested from his house following information provided by suspected terrorist Balbir...
  • Mistaken for terrorist, Punjab man tortured, deported February 17, 2009

    Mohali: A leisure trip with friends to Thailand turned into Punjab resident Paramjit Singh's worst nightmare after he landed at the Bangkok airport and was mistaken for a Sikh terrorist. Paramjit happens to share his name with Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Paramjit Singh Panjwar, who is on Interpol's blacklist. And...
  • Few supporters for Khalistanis' cause in UK May 9, 2008

    London: In Britain, increasingly more Sikhs are spreading the idea of an independent Sikh state among the non-Sikhs and the politicians. However, many say that these moves are few and disconnected from the realities of Punjab. “After the 1984 riots, Punjab has greatly prospered. It is now, in fact, one of...
  • Indira's assassins glorified at Canadian Baisakhi parade April 13, 2008

    Vancouver: Top Canadian leaders stayed away from a controversial Baisakhi parade, which displayed pictures of Sikh militants in the city of Surrey near the city of Vancouver. Over 100,000 attended the parade, which is the largest such event by the Indo-Canadian community in the country. Though there were no floats glorifying...
  • Sikh extremist behind attack on Dera chief February 3, 2008

    New Delhi: Haryana police are blaming Bakshish Singh of the Sikh extremist outfit, the Khalistan Commando Force, for Saturday’s attack on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Police say two kilograms of RDX were used in the attack and are looking out for the Khalistan militant, who is...
  • Sikh extremism resurges, Canada feels the heat December 10, 2007

    Chandigarh: From Canada to Punjab, 2007 has seen a revival of Sikh extremism. While the government is quick to assert that no one will be allowed to mess with peace in the state, lines dividing terrorists and the rich cultural heritage of the Sikhs have been blurred. On Saturday, the Dal...