Chandigarh: Intelligence agencies in India have reportedly sent an alert to the Canada government about pro-Khalistan terrorists planning attacks in Punjab.
Canadian Sikh Hardeep Nijjar is said to have taken over as the operational head of Khalistan Terror Force (KTF) and formed a module of Sikh youths to carry out the strikes, reported the Times of India, referring to a report prepared by Punjab intelligence sleuths.
Making a reference to the recent Pathankot attack, the report which has been submitted to the ministry of external affairs to seek Nijjar’s extradition said he was to arrange weapons from Pakistan but due to high alert on the border in the wake of Pathankot incident, it could not materialise”.
According to the daily, the disclosures were made in the report after an alleged KTF member, Mandeep Singh, was arrested in Ludhiana two weeks ago, following his phone calls to Pakistan-based terror outfit Dal Khalsa International’s (DKI) chief Gajinder Singh and Nijjar.
The report added that Nijjar has been imparting arms training to his group in Canada after the arrest of former KTF chief Jagtar Tara in Thailand by Interpol last and was detained by Thai authorities when he was flying back from Lahore to Vancouver via Bangkok last year.
Nijjar, a baptized Sikh staying in Surrey since 1995 on a Canadian passport, is a proclaimed terrorist in Punjab and wanted in connection with the 2007 Shingaar cinema blast in Ludhiana in which six people were killed.
Both Mandeep and Nijjar have made frequent visits to Pakistan for arms training with the ISI, says the report. It has also attached their recent photographs brandishing AK-47s outside Nankana Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan.