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Flood of killings of Khalistani leaders abroad! Is mutual dispute and disunity the reason? What do the intelligence agencies suspect?

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New Delhi. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India in the House of Commons of the murder of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the most wanted Khalistani terrorist in India, in June. Since then, relations between India and Canada are going through their worst phase. However, New Delhi has blamed Ottawa for making allegations without evidence, terming Canada a ‘safe haven’ for terrorist activities. Amid this growing diplomatic dispute, Indian intelligence agencies suspect that divisions and disputes among Khalistani leaders abroad could be a possible reason for the killings of pro-Khalistan leaders across the world in the last one year.

According to a report by India Today, six hardline Khalistan leaders have died or been killed during this period. This phase started in July last year, when Ripudaman Singh Malik, accused in the 1985 Air India flight bombing, was shot dead in Surrey, Canada. Malik was acquitted of the charges in 2005. While investigating the case, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service found that Malik had come into controversy for his alleged connection with the printing of the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib outside India. There was a split among Khalistani leaders due to a dispute over violation of a religious order.

Similarly, last November, notorious gangster-turned-terrorist Harvinder Singh Sandhu alias Rinda died in a military hospital in Lahore. Rinda allegedly died due to ‘drug overdose’. He was considered a link between terrorists, gangsters and drug smugglers. A reward of Rs 10 lakh was kept by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for any information about Rinda. In May this year, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, chief of terrorist organization Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), was allegedly shot dead in Lahore’s Johar city. He fled to Pakistan in 1995. Panjwar had taken command of the organization after the death of his cousin Labh Singh, the former chief of KCF.

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This post originally appeared on hindi.news18.com

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