Home Ministry declares nine persons as 'designated terrorists' under UAPA Act

The Home Ministry stated that these individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and from foreign soil.

Reinforcing the commitment to strengthening national security and its policy of zero tolerance to terrorism, the Union Home  Ministry on Wednesday declared nine individuals as "designated terrorists" under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA Act) - as amended in 2019 and included their names in the Fourth Schedule of the said Act.

According to a PIB release, the nine individuals include:  Wadhawa Singh Babbar: Pakistan based Chief of terrorist organization, “BabbarKhalsa International”; Lakhbir Singh: Pakistan based Chief of terrorist organization, “International Sikh Youth Federation”; Ranjeet Singh: Pakistan based Chief of terrorist organization, “Khalistan Zindabad Force”; Paramjit Singh: Pakistan based Chief of terrorist organization “Khalistan Commando Force”; Bhupinder Singh Bhinda: Germany based key member of terrorist organization, “Khalistan Zindabad Force”; Gurmeet Singh Bagga: Germany based key member of terrorist organisation, “Khalistan ZindabadForce”; Gurpatwant Singh Pannun: USA based key member of Unlawful Association, “Sikh for Justice”; Hardeep Singh Nijjar: Canada based Chief of “Khalistan Tiger Force” and Paramjit Singh: United Kingdom based Chief of terrorist organization,“BabbarKhalsa International”.

The Home Ministry stated in the release that  these individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and from foreign soil. They have been relentless in their nefarious efforts of destabilizing the country, by trying to revive militancy in Punjab through their anti national activities and through their support to and involvement in the Khalistan Movement.

First Published: July 1, 2020, 9:53 p.m.