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3 terror groups active in Punjab: Centre

PTI  New Delhi, August 27, 2013
First Published: 17:10 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 17:17 IST(27/8/2013)

The union government has identified 65 terror groups active in the country, including three in Punjab and five in Jammu and Kashmir, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

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Minister of state for home RPN Singh said available intelligence inputs showed that militants/terrorists active in India were often supported and funded by their parent outfits based abroad, particularly in Pakistan, in terms of shelter, training, weapons and finance.

"The existing statutory and legal structure provides adequate provisions to deal with funding of terrorism," he said in a written reply.

Babbar Khalsa International, Khalistan Zindabad Force and Khalistan Commando Force are the three militant groups active in Punjab, the statement said.

The terror groups active in Jammu and Kashmir are Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Jaish-e-Mohammad, Harkat-e-Mujahideen and Al Badr.

In the North East, Manipur has 34, Assam 11, Meghalaya and Nagaland four each, and Tripura and Mizoram two each.

"...various terrorist groups such as LeT, HM, Indian Mujahideen, HuJI and Al Badr are active in the hinterland, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi," the minister said.


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