Modi to ask UK to take action against radical Sikh groups
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to ask Britain to take strong action against Sikh groups trying to revive the demand for a separate Khalistan and their attempts to radicalise Sikh youth besides giving them training on how to make bombs.punjab Updated: Nov 12, 2015 20:51 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to ask Britain to take strong action against Sikh groups trying to revive the demand for a separate Khalistan and their attempts to radicalise Sikh youth besides giving them training on how to make bombs.
During his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Modi will share a detailed dossier about the activities of the United Kingdom-based Sikh radical groups which have been pursuing anti-India acts in Europe, especially Britain.
According to the dossier, hardline groups have been organising theoretical classes for radicalisation of Sikh youths abroad.
Avtar Singh Khanda, vice-president youth wing of Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann), a close associate of Khalistan terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara, and Paramjit Singh Pamma (associated with Babbar Khalsa International), are planning to hold theoretical radicalisation training classes for Sikh youths.
“Besides imparting ideological indoctrination, youths would also be imparted theoretical training to make improvised explosives devises using common chemicals by giving live demonstrations.
“Such classes have been held in recent past at Gurunanak Gurdwara, Spark Hill, Stratford, Birmingham (December 2014), Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Glasgow (January 2015),” the dossier says.
In a meeting in Smethwick in the UK on July 31, held in support of hunger strike of separatist Surat Singh Khalsa, radical Sikh youths announced launching of a new organisation namely ‘Miri Piri Foundation’. The meeting was attended 125 persons, mostly Sikhs, including one Khem Singh. Khem Singh, apparently an important activist of this newly-formed organisation, stated that the goal of the organisation is creation of Khalistan.
“While addressing the gathering, he appealed to Sikh youths to participate in formation of a separate Sikh land. He emphasised that it is the foremost responsibility of the Miri Foundation to propagate the Khalistan ideology among the Sikh masses,” dossier says.
First Published: Nov 12, 2015 20:50 IST