Indian govt warns of revival of militancy in Punjab

October 30, 2012 by  
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This follows an assessment of the security agencies on the sudden rise of radical elements in Punjab.

Indian govt warns of revival of militancy in PunjabNew Delhi, October 29, 2012: Following intelligence outputs, the federal government has warned Punjab about a new wave of militancy threatening the state.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde reportedly told this to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting today.

This follows an assessment of the security agencies on the sudden rise of radical elements in Punjab after decades of peace.

Top government sources told TV news channel NDTV that the prime minister and the home minister have been briefed by intelligence agencies that the efforts to revive terrorism in Punjab are originating in European countries by a section of the Sikh community settled abroad, reportedly being aided by Pakistan.

The propaganda, including recruitment drives for militant groups, is being disseminated over the internet.

Last month, Lt General Kuldeep Singh Brar, who led Operation Bluestar to flush out pro-Khalistan militants from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, was stabbed by four men in London.

The 78-year-old has since returned home to Mumbai.

Operation Bluestar was an Indian military operation to remove Sikh separatists from the Golden Temple in 1984.

The separatists, led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, were accused of amassing weapons in the Sikh temple and starting a major armed uprising.

There is also a growing controversy over the move by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to build a memorial within the Golden Temple as tribute to those who were killed during Operation Bluestar by the army.

The SGPC handles the administration of several key gurudwaras and is considered the parliament of Sikhs.

– ndtv

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