Specialists really feel that with the change of guard on the helm in Punjab, the unconventional parts are trying to measure the energy of the brand new system.

Specialists really feel that with the change of guard on the helm in Punjab, the unconventional parts are trying to measure the energy of the brand new system.

In view of the current spate of incidents surrounding the ‘Khalistan’ connection in Punjab, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh, debate over the revival of the ‘Khalistan’ motion has gained momentum whilst specialists dismiss the motion’s revival at this level within the absence of ‘well-liked help’. Nonetheless, the priority over the presence of ‘sleeper cells’ or the pro-militant parts unfold throughout Punjab and different states can’t be ignored. 

They really feel that with the change of guard on the helm in Punjab, the unconventional parts are trying to measure the energy of the brand new system.

Punjab has seen an period of militancy between the mid-Eighties to early-Nineteen Nineties over the demand for ‘Khalistan’ (sovereign state for Sikhs). The motion has misplaced well-liked help however sporadic incidents have occurred currently in an obvious try to revive the motion from fringe teams, although these have failed. 

Mohali: Signal of separatist forces

On Might 9, a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) assault on the headquarters of the Punjab Police Intelligence Wing in Punjab’s Mohali is being seen as an indication suggesting that forces selling separatism are lively sufficient to create bother.

Punjab Director Normal of Police V. Okay. Bhawra on Friday indicated the function of Babbar Khalsa Worldwide – a terror organisation striving for a separate Sikh state, in addition to the nexus of gangsters and Pakistan’s Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI) behind the Mohali assault.

A day earlier than this assault, Punjab police arrested two folks after recovering an Improvised Explosive Machine (IED) outfitted with RDX from village Naushehra Pannuan in district Tarn Taran. The event got here three days after 4 individuals had been arrested with the restoration of three IEDs and one pistol from Karnal by the Haryana Police, on inputs from Punjab police as they claimed to bust a Pakistan-based terror module run by Harvinder Singh alias Rinda. These explosives had been equipped to the accused by Rinda by drones from throughout the border from Pakistan; they needed to ship the explosives to Adilabad in Telangana. Rinda, in keeping with the Police, had joined palms with Babbar Khalsa and in addition had a task behind the Mohali assault.

On Might 8, a number of ‘Khalistan’ flags had been discovered held on the principle gate and boundary partitions of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Meeting premises in Dharamshala. On April 29, in Punjab’s Patiala, a conflict broke out between totally different teams of individuals amid a confrontation surrounding the holding of a march in opposition to the backdrop of the announcement by banned separatist outfit – Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) – to mark the inspiration day of ‘Khalistan’. Each these incidents befell following an attraction by the SFJ chief.

Sleeper cells

This chain of occasions, specialists really feel offers a transparent indication that ‘sleeper cells’ of ‘Khalistan’ sympathisers are in place and lively and with the change of presidency in Punjab, these radical parts are trying to measure the energy of the brand new system.

“Each time there’s a change of guard and authorities within the State, there’s a bent for these radicals to get activated as they need to entry and measure the energy of the brand new system and I see the current spate of occasions and incidents as an train in that route”S.S. VirkFormer DGP, Punjab

“The sleeper cells have all the time been there; peace has been restored in Punjab however to say that the Khalistan motion is useless wouldn’t be appropriate. There are individuals who have an curiosity in Khalistan and they’re nonetheless lively. They’re ready for an opportune second to create bother. Each time there’s a change of guard and authorities within the State, there’s a bent for these radicals to get activated as they need to entry and measure the energy of the brand new system and I see the current spate of occasions and incidents as an train in that route,” S.S. Virk, former Director-Normal of Police (DGP), Punjab, informed The Hindu.

Declaring that it’s a part that must be severely watched by the federal government and never let its guard down, Mr. Virk mentioned the usage of rocket-propelled grenade to assault the police constructing at Mohali is a really critical growth and can’t be ignored in any respect. “The novel parts have conveyed a message that they’re alive. Now, the federal government has to indicate its preparedness by catching the attackers quickly,” he mentioned.

‘SFJ to not be taken calmly’

Asserting that the current occasions don’t trace on the revival of militancy in Punjab because the ‘Khalistan’ narrative doesn’t have any ‘well-liked help’ within the State and even overseas because it had in Eighties, Mr. Shashi Kant, former Punjab Police chief, mentioned “For all sensible functions Khalistan is useless, however now the query is who all are doing these acts? Sadly, we had been taking the SFJ a bit calmly. What occurred in Patiala on April 29, reveals the members on the Khalistan day occasion had been influenced by SFJ. Pannu has been interesting to unfurl Khalistani flags, which occurred in Dharamshala.”

“Additionally, it has been seen that drones, medicine, cash and explosives are being pushed from Pakistan. They won’t cease, however the concern right here is the individuals who’re the recipients of those medicine, cash, explosives, arms, and drones. It clearly reveals the presence of sleeper cells throughout Punjab, and I’d say in Delhi as effectively as a result of no matter occurred at Purple Fort on January 26 final yr, I’ll attribute it to sleeper cells. The arrests at Karnal with explosives and that the explosive was going from Ferozpur to Telangana signifies that there are particular recipients in these locations. Within the Mohali assault, the usage of RPG is critical. Even throughout militancy in Punjab, I don’t recall any RPG having been utilised anyplace. The police ought to go for a broader investigation,” mentioned Mr. Kant, Punjab’s former Director-Normal of Police. 



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