Classes to radicalise Sikh youths being held in UK: Intel agencies
Intelligence agencies have told the Union government that radical Sikhs in the UK are organising theoretical classes for the radicalisation of youths there, sources said.Updated: Nov 13, 2015 10:05 IST
Intelligence agencies have told the Union government that radical Sikhs in the UK are organising theoretical classes for the radicalisation of youths there, sources said.
According to the intelligence report, reviewed by HT, in December 2014 and January this year, radical elements organised classes for the radicalisation of Sikh youths in at least three gurdwaras across the UK. More such classes are being planned.
The report says that during these radicalisation classes, youths would be imparted training to make improvised explosives devices using common chemicals by giving live demonstrations.
Besides, at a meeting of radicals on July 31, held in support of the fast by Surat Singh Khalsa for the release of Sikh prisoners, radical Sikh youths announced the launch of an organisation with the goal of creating Khalistan.
Radicals also organised a conference at a gurdwara in Leicester on May 3 to commemorate ‘Khalistan Declaration Day’.
The report says some TV channels for Sikhs in UK are controlled by pro-Khalistan radicals. These channels are known for their anti-India tirade.
During meetings of the Sikh diaspora on religious and other occasions, funds are collected by radical members of organisations such as the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), International Sikh Youth Federation, Khalistan Commando Force and Khalistan Zindabad Force and are sent to intermediaries based in Punjab and Pakistan, the report added.
First Published: Nov 13, 2015 09:25 IST