Experts wary of sleeper cells in Punjab

Specialists really feel that with the change of guard on the helm in Punjab, the unconventional components try 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 components try 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 at the same time as consultants dismiss the motion’s revival at this level within the absence of ‘standard help’. Nonetheless, the priority over the presence of ‘sleeper cells’ or the pro-militant components 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 components try to measure the energy of the brand new system.

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

Mohali: Signal of separatist forces

On Could 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 energetic sufficient to create hassle.

Punjab Director Basic 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 System (IED) outfitted with RDX from village Naushehra Pannuan in district Tarn Taran. The event got here three days after 4 individuals have 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 have been provided to the accused by Rinda by way of drones from throughout the border from Pakistan; they needed to ship the explosives to Adilabad in Telangana. Rinda, based on the Police, had joined fingers with Babbar Khalsa and likewise had a job behind the Mohali assault.

On Could 8, just a few ‘Khalistan’ flags have 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 happened following an enchantment by the SFJ chief.

Sleeper cells

This chain of occasions, consultants really feel provides a transparent indication that ‘sleeper cells’ of ‘Khalistan’ sympathisers are in place and energetic and with the change of presidency in Punjab, these radical components try to measure the energy of the brand new system.

“Each time there’s a change of guard and authorities within the State, there’s an inclination for these radicals to get activated as they wish 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 at all times 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 energetic. They’re ready for an opportune second to create hassle. Each time there’s a change of guard and authorities within the State, there’s an inclination for these radicals to get activated as they wish 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-Basic of Police (DGP), Punjab, informed The Hindu.

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

‘SFJ to not be taken frivolously’

Asserting that the current occasions don’t trace on the revival of militancy in Punjab because the ‘Khalistan’ narrative doesn’t have any ‘standard help’ within the State and even overseas because it had in Eighties, Mr. Shashi Kant, former Punjab Police chief, stated “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 frivolously. What occurred in Patiala on April 29, reveals the contributors on the Khalistan day occasion have 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 nicely 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 specific recipients in these locations. Within the Mohali assault, the usage of RPG is severe. Even throughout militancy in Punjab, I don’t recall any RPG having been utilised wherever. The police ought to go for a broader investigation,” stated Mr. Kant, Punjab’s former Director-Basic of Police. 

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