Cen­tre bans Khal­is­tan Lib­er­a­tion Force

Asian Journal - - NATION -

New Delhi: Fol­low­ing ap­pre­hen­sion of the re­vival of the Khal­is­tan move­ment in Pun­jab, the Khal­is­tan Lib­er­a­tion Force (KLF) has been banned un­der the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties Pre­ven­tion Act (UAPA) by the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs (MHA). In a no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued on Wed­nes­day, the Min­istry banned KLF say­ing that the “Cen­tre be­lieves KLF is in­volved in ter­ror­ism as it has com­mit­ted and par­tic­i­pated in acts of ter­ror­ism in In­dia”.

The Cen­tre’s moves fol­lows the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) rec­om­mend­ing the ban cit­ing KLF’S in­volve­ment in “com­mu­nity-spe­cific tar­geted killings in Pun­jab” and car­ry­ing out mul­ti­ple ter­ror at­tacks in the state be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2016 and Oc­to­ber 2017. The MHA also said that the KLF mem­bers In­dia were get­ting fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port from their han­dlers based abroad.

The KLF is the 40th or­gan­i­sa­tion to be banned un­der the UAPA. Among the 39 groups banned ear­lier in­clude four Sikh ex­trem­ist groups in­clud­ing Bab­bar Khalsa In­ter­na­tional, Khal­is­tan Com­mando Force, Khal­is­tan Zind­abad Force and In­ter­na­tional Sikh Youth Fed­er­a­tion.

The KLF came into ex­is­tence in 1986 with the ob­jec­tive of es­tab­lish­ing an in­de­pen­dent state of Khal­is­tan by se­ces­sion of Pun­jab through vi­o­lent means.

Founded by Aroor Singh, the out­fit had been ac­tive in pro­mot­ing se­ces­sion­ist ac­tiv­i­ties till 1994. It was sub­se­quently re­vived by Har­min­der Singh Min­too who died of car­diac ar­rest in April 2018 in Pa­tiala Cen­tral Jail where he was lodged.

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