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India seeks extradition of three Babbar Khalsa men

Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 04, 2012
First Published: 00:46 IST(4/12/2012) | Last Updated: 16:14 IST(4/12/2012)

Taking the bilateral cooperation against terrorism forward, New Delhi will seek extradition of three Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) extremists from US involved in two bomb blasts at Jalandhar inter-state roadways bus stand in 2006.

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Top government sources said India is going to seek extradition of California-based Balwinder Singh Possi, Gurnam Singh alias Neka and Gursharan Singh Cheema for bomb blast in Punjab Roadways bus in Jalandhar on April 24, 2006 in which three persons lost their lives and triggering off another bomb blast at the city inter-state bus stand on April 28, 2006.

Neka is also allegedly involved in smuggling of explosives from Pakistan with the help of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) chief Ranjit Singh Neeta.

While Possi is an original resident of Garh Shanker village  in Hoshairpur district, Neka and Cheema belong to Jalandhar  district.

Possi has been living in the US for more than a decade and involved in financing terror and motivating Sikh youth against India, Neka and Cheema moved to America after 2006.

All three are in the 30-40 age group.

Although US conveyed its willingness to extradite the terror trio, the Punjab Police has been asked by the ministry of external affairs to move the papers in relevant court in California.

Already the Punjab state government has been informed at the highest levels to push the Jalandhar Range police on case papers and extradition.

The extradition of the three pro-Khalistan terrorist was taken up by top home ministry officials with their American counterparts on the sidelines of India-US strategic dialogue last June with Washington assuring New Delhi that it would help extradite all those living in US and involved in terror acts against India.

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