1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

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  1. mehwish92

    mehwish92 Founding Member

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    LUDHIANA: A suspected terrorist opened fire at the railway station here killing a vendor and injuring two GRP head constables when they tried to check his luggage, police said.

    The firing occurred when the two Government Railway Police constables of the Narcotics Cell tried to check the bag of the suspected terrorist in the Jammu-bound Jhelum Express which arrived here from Pune around 3.30 am at platform no. 4 of the railway station, they said.

    The suspected terrorist identified as Balbir Singh Bhootna immediately got down and hid himself under a compartment of the Jhelum Express and opened fire at the police and the cops retaliated.

    "Bhootna was arrested after an exchange of fire which lasted around one hour," Ludhiana Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh said.

    A woman, who was accompanying the suspected terrorist, has also been taken into custody, Singh said.

    The vendor was killed on the spot during the exchange of fire, GRP Superintendent of Police S J P Sharma said.

    The two injured head constables have been identified as Karanpal Singh and Naranjan Singh, he added.

    Times of India
     
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  3. mehwish92

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    Is ISI trying to target Punjab?

    NEW DELHI: Is there a move from across the border to revive militancy in Punjab? This is the question uppermost in the mind of the security agencies
    after the arrest of three terrorists affiliated to International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) and recovery of RDX and ammunition from them in Jalandhar over the weekend.

    Cops were ruffled when they caught three Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) militants in Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab in July last year in the wake of the twin blasts in cinema halls in Delhi. Then in August and September, they nabbed infiltrators carrying huge arms and ammunition along the otherwise peaceful stretch of the fenced borders in Punjab and Rajasthan.

    The arrests and seizure in Jalandhar have now led the agencies to take a re-look at the interrogation details of BKI militant Jagtar Singh Hawara, who disclosed details about Pakistani intelligence agency ISI's efforts to revive militancy in Punjab. Hawara, who was arrested in the wake of twin Delhi blasts, had told his interrogators that ISI was not only trying to push in arms and ammunition through the border, but was also contacting sympathisers of the Khalistan movement outside India.

    After arresting three ISYF-Rode group militants — Paramjit Singh Dhaddi (a United Kingdom citizen), Jaswinder Singh and Amolak Singh — from different places in Jalandhar district, Punjab police on Sunday claimed that the group was planning to disrupt next year's assembly elections. Although the arrested militants have so far not disclosed as to how they procured arms, ammunition and explosives, including 11 kg of RDX, security agencies suspect it is part of the consignment from across the border meant for different militant groups including BKI in Punjab.

    Sources in the home ministry said the Centre was worried about such developments. The BKI's role in last year's twin blasts in cinema halls in Delhi was an eye-opener indicating presence of splinter groups of the pro-Khalistan militant wings. Since then, the security agencies were keeping a vigil. The arrests in Jalandhar could eventually give them a more clear picture of the attempt to revive militancy, if any, the sources added.

    Ministry officials believe that by making a bid to revive militancy in Punjab, Pakistan might have been trying to divert global attention from the extent of Islamic terrorism in India. During the heydays of militancy in Punjab, there were close links between ISI and pro-Khalistan forces. Their close cooperation even outside India had been established with a number of Pakistanis being held for aiding terrorists directly and indirectly.

    Times of India, Published in 2006
     
  4. Daredevil

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    This movement is long-dead. There are still some loony fringe elements here and there who are trying to get attention. Nothing more.
     
  5. 1.44

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    Hmm i can't find article do you have a link?
     
  6. F-14

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    we have to be gaurded against such miscreants this futher shows that a stable pakistan is not in our intrest at all PS sorry for the off topic
     
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    One killed, two injured in firing at Ludhiana railway station

    A criminal, wanted in connection with around ten cases including that of murder, on Tuesday opened fire at the railway station here, killing a vendor and injuring two GRP head constables who tried to check his luggage.

    The firing took place when the two Railway Police constables of the narcotics cell tried to check the bag of the criminal in Jammu—bound Jhelum Express, which arrived here from Pune around 3.30 am at platform No 4 of the railway station, they said.

    The man, identified as Balbir Singh Bhootna, immediately got down and hid himself near a compartment of the Jhelum Express and opened fire at the police which retaliated from the platform.

    After an exchange of fire lasting around one hour the suspected terrorist and a woman identified as Sukhminder Kaur (30) accompanying him were arrested by the police, Ludhiana Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh said.

    Police sources said that Balbir Singh Bhootna was wanted since 1990 in connection with around 10 cases related to murder, snatching, extortion, trespassing and possession of illegal arms under the Arms Act, the Explosives Act and the TADA registered against him at various places including Ferozepur and Jalandhar.

    Bhootna is also suspected to be the mastermind behind the recent killing of a Rashtriya Sikh Sangat leader at Patiala, they said.

    One killed, two injured in firing at Ludhiana railway station @ The Hindu
     
  8. amitkriit

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    Contrary to view put by fellow member, Khalistan movement is like a dormant volcano, waiting for the right time to burst again. Khalistan is not dead in Psyche of sympathizers in Canada/UK/USA and Pakistan, even many Indians belonging to a particular community support this movement (though not showing it publicly). As a evidence of the fact, just go through propaganda videos in youtube, and count the number of sites dedicated to the cause of Khalistan. Just by couting viewership, anybody can get an idea, that Khalistan is not a dead issue.
     
  9. IBRIS

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    Only the dellusional foreigner Sikhs mostly born in UK, USA and CANADA are into this movement. Most SIKHS don't even care about Khalistan movement. Today Sikhs in India are more patriotic than ever before. Pakistanis are the only believers of Khalistani movement but they are also afraid of Sikhs, Beacause there side of the Punjab will also be in turmoil if they ever try to ignite this flame.
     
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    Terrorist nabbed in Ludhiana firing - Ludhiana - City - NEWS - The Times of India

    Terrorist nabbed in Ludhiana firing
    Vaivasvat Venkat, TNN 26 August 2009, 03:44am IST

    LUDHIANA: It was a throwback to the dark days of terrorism at the crowded Ludhiana railway station early Tuesday morning when a terror suspect, travelling with his woman accomplice, fired at GRP cops in an encounter that lasted over four hours. A vendor was shot dead while two policemen who took on the attacker were wounded in the gun battle.

    Trouble began at around 3.15 am when Balbir Singh Bira and Sukhjinder Kaur, who had boarded a train from Manmad in Maharashtra, were stopped for security check by GRP and RPF men on duty at the Ludhiana railway station.

    The couple had disembarked from Jhelum Express, that travels between Pune and Jammu, and on being asked for the license for the Chinese-made .32 bore pistols they were carrying, opened fire at constables Niranjan Singh, 54, and Karampal Singh, 55. Caught unawares both the cops sustained deep bullet wounds.

    But even as Sukhjinder Kaur was arrested, Bira, identified as a Khalistan Commando Force member, ran towards a train parked at platform no 3 and tried to slip past the cops. When Santosh, a vendor, tried to wrestle him to the ground, he shot him from point blank range, killing the man on the spot.

    By then the terrorist was surrounded and given the option to surrender. When Bira agreed to sit for talks, he was offered tea laced with sedatives. He took the bait and was arrested as he passed out minutes later.
     
  11. mehwish92

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    I don't know. I live in Canada and i have NEVER come across a pro-khalistan Sikh. I have even been to one or two Gurudwara's around Toronto area.

    I have never been to Vancouver however (where there is a huge Sikh community), so I cannot speak for that. The only place I have come across pro-khalistan Sikhs are on the web (on youtube, etc).

    But it is true that they haven't forgotten the tragedy of 1984 (Operation Bluestar, anti-Sikh riots), and with good reason.
     
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    Sikh, Islamist outfits planning joint strikes in India

    International Islamic and Sikh terrorist outfits have joined hands to strike in India and are recruiting youngsters abroad for it, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has warned.

    Pro-Khalistan elements — in coordination with the Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence and Laskhar-e-Tayyeba — have stepped up their activities in Duerin (Germany), Lahore and Dhaka.

    They are planning joint operations against important targets in India, the report says. The Sikh groups have also recruited people willing to be human bombs.

    Since January 2007, 77 terrorists have been arrested in Punjab alone.

    On August 25, a dreaded Pakistan-trained terrorist, Balbir Singh Beera, wanted in a number of cases, was arrested after a gunfight at the Ludhiana train station that left a vendor dead.

    Four terrorists were arrested by the Ludhiana police on June 29. Thirty-two gelatin sticks and six detonators were recovered from them. Ranjit Singh Neeta, chief of the Pakistan-based Khalistan Zindabad Force, had provided the explosives, the report says. Heads of religious sects were the module’s target.

    "A multi-layered effort is on to revive terrorism in Punjab by using the interface of terrorist leaders based in Pakistan with foreign-based terrorist sympathisers who are arranging to send funds and motivating recruits,” a senior Punjab intelligence officer, who did not wish to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media, told HT

    Sikh militants based abroad, particularly those in Pakistan belonging to the Babbar Khalsa International and KZF, are continuing their efforts to revive terrorism in Punjab and target political leaders, the report says.

    They are also trying to procure arms from insurgent groups in the Northeast. The growing nexus among Sikh extremists, Islamic militants and Northeast insurgents has the IB worried.

    There are inputs that suggest that the ISI is also encouraging Islamic terrorist groups to involve criminals and underworld gangs for furthering the terror agenda.

    Security agencies have been told to be careful while scrutinizing Tanzanians travelling to India. They have been asked to watch the movement of foreign nationals, specially Afghan nationals coming from the southern part of that country who frequent Delhi for medical treatment.

    The security agencies have also been asked to keep a watch on foreign tourists and those visiting madrassas/mosques in Nizamuddin West in New Delhi.

    The agency has also asked for a tighter vigil on construction sites in Delhi and the National Capital Region where Bangladeshi labourers are employed. Colonies where workers from Naxal-affected areas live in Delhi, too, pose a security threat, the report says.

    Hindustan Times
     
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    Nabbed Ludhiana terrorist planned to kill Sukhbir
    Vaivasvat Venkat, TNN 28 August 2009, 05:09am IST


    LUDHIANA: Suspected terrorist Balbir Singh Bhootna, who is suspected of links with Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and was nabbed after a four-hour gunbattle at the Ludhiana railway station on Tuesday, had plans to kill Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Though the police remained tightlipped about his interrogation on Thursday, they arrested another suspected militant, Daljit Singh Bittu, for plotting to kill the DyCM.

    Bittu was associated with Simranjit Singh Mann's SAD(A) but had later formed his own party - SAD (Panch Pardhani). Cops have also detained a number of people from Patiala, Bathinda, Moga and Malout, for suspected links with Bhootna. The person who was picked up from Malout is stated to have purchased a .32 bore revolver from the accused.

    Bhootna is believed to have been involved in the recent murder of Lily Sharma, a Dera Sacha Sauda follower, in Mansa. His role in the murder of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat chief Rulda Singh, who had died in PGI after being shot at outside his residence in Patiala on July 28, is also being investigated by the police, sources added.

    Nabbed Ludhiana terrorist planned to kill Sukhbir - India - NEWS - The Times of India
     
  14. Bhagat Singh

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    Khalistan was never a mainstream demand. Majority of people never supported Jarnail Singh Bhinderwale. Politicians twisted demands for more power to states and it resulted in armed conflict in 1984. Jarnail Singh Bhinderwale deliberately settled in Golden temple as he was aware of its symbolism in the Punjabi culture. He knew attack there will be felt across the Punjab and abroad. Indira Ghandi fell for his trap and made it considerably bigger problem rather than resolving it.

    The appetite for new movement is not there because the climate has changed towards achieving prosperity. I agree people have not forgotten or forgiven those involved, but the energy is no longer being channelled towards violence.

    Ludhiana episode shows the extremists still exists, but no longer enjoy the support or have issues to fight about.
     
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    There are elements here(america) mostly old punjabis from the 80s who believe in pro-khalistan. However, most of the sikhs like me just want a public apology from the Congress Government about the 1984 riots.

    I also think incidents like these need to taught in Indian schools so they are not repeated instead of being hushed up.

    Many kids who becoming pro-khalistani don't understand that the riots were political not religious. RSS and BJP actually helped many Sikh families during the riots.
     
  16. INDIANBULL

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    I wonder why he was arrested and not shot dead, now he will get the help of many of his kind who are plenty in numbers. The Khalistani sentiment is dormant as rightly said, most probable reason of dormancy is the fear of Indian armed action as a result of renewed movement as was done in past. I think without a pakistani or foreign support khalistanis will not dare to start that movement.
     
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    i agree the congress should apolagize for the 84 riots i also agree to the fact that all the riots that happened in Independent India should be taught in schools
     
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    if we randomly start shooting suspected terrorists then what's the difference between India and pakistan?
     
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    Manmohan Singh has already apologized.
     
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    You are correct I forgot he made a public apology on August 11th 2005 in Rajya Sabha
     
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    Please don't pollute the forum with BS. My sincere suggestion, do some research before typing and don't burden the mods.
     

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