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The born-again terrorist

When police "rehabilitated" Sukhi, he not only got a new name and a new job but also travelled around the world.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 04:14 IST
Manpreet Randhawa & Jasdeep Malhotra
Manpreet Randhawa & Jasdeep Malhotra

Last month, he surfaced as the "dead man" who helped the Punjab Police. When Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, the dreaded extremist of the Khalistan Liberation Force, was supposedly "rehabilitated" by the police, he not only got a new name — Harjit Singh Kahlon — and a new job as an informer but also travelled around the world, thanks to a new passport.

Records with the Hindustan Times show he was even put under the ECNR category — Emigration Check Not Required.

While police records showed Sukhi was dead, the process began to get a passport issued for him. Fake details were furnished, and reportedly endorsed by the CID. Passport No. A-4266699 was issued to Harjit Singh Kahlon on December 22, 1997.

However, after the HT expose, the Regional Passport Office was reportedly issued a verbal communiqué asking them not to part with information in this regard.

The address given for Kahlon was 5-F (First Floor), New Baradari, Jalandhar. It is the official accommodation of the state government employees and the flat was the one reportedly allotted for CRPF men.

Sources say he used his proximity to DGP SS Virk, once a DIG in the paramilitary force, to get the house allotted. From here, Sukhi had a free run, operating a travel agency, Sailors Tours and Travels Pvt Ltd. He flew across the globe so many times that in seven years there was no room for a new visa stamp on the passport.

In December 2004, he applied for a fresh passport. And finally got it (F 1822151) on January 5, 2005. This time round, he furnished his true details and the district police sent a report to the Regional Passport Office hinting at his shady past.

Experts say that Sukhi, who is the prime accused in the 1992 shootout in which nine BSP men were killed, and those responsible for false police verification could be hauled up. Sukhi's second life, too, is heading for trouble. It is another matter that this time law enforcers were on his side.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 02:54 IST