What has happened?
- Top Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) operative Jaswinder Singh Multani, who’s allegedly linked to the Ludhiana court blast case, has been arrested by German police.
- He was purportedly planning to carry out another blast and other terrorist activities in poll bound Punjab. Multani is a pro-Khalistan terrorist and was residing in Erfurt, Germany.
- He is closely associated with SFJ, which promotes separatist activities.
- The blast at the Ludhiana court on Thursday killed one person and injured at least five others.
- The initial probe indicates that the attack was carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfits through local gangsters.
- The attackers wanted to plant the bomb on the ground floor to cause maximum damage to the building and kill as many people as possible, they added.
- The explosive apparently went off while it was being fixed.
Sikhs for Justice
- Founded in 2007, Sikhs for Justice is a primarily US-based organisation that has been demanding a separate homeland for Sikhs in Punjab, dubbed “Khalistan“.
- The outfit was banned by the Indian government in 2019 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for promoting secession and violent militancy in Punjab.
- Multani recently came to notice in arranging and sending weapons consignments comprising explosives, hand grenades, etc, into Punjab from across the border with the help of his Pakistan-based operatives and arms smugglers.
- According to recent inputs, he was planning to send explosive material from Pakistan for Punjab-based operatives to carry out terrorist activities.
- He is closely connected with Khalistani leaders like Hardeep Singh Nijjer, Paramjit Singh Pamma, Sabi Singh, Kulwant Singh Mothada and others, say sources.
- British police last month carried out raids on the Hounslow office of SFJ.
- They took away electronic devices and documents from the site related to the so-called ‘Punjab referendum’ organised by the outfit recently that turned out to be a farce with very few people participating.
- The National Investigation Agency in November requested the Canadian government to declare Sikhs for Justice a terrorist entity in the country.
- Punjab police had in September busted an SFJ module and arrested three of its members after recovering lakhs of pamphlets promoting ‘Referendum 2020‘ activities during a raid at village Rampur in Khanna.
- While everything else kept in the bathroom of the district court complex was destroyed, the dongle incidentally got stuck inside the body of accused.
- The dongle, tough damaged, was in good condition from which a SIM card was retrieved that further led to the establishment of the identity of bomber Gagandeep and eventually led to the arrest of his Germany-based handler Jaswinder Singh Multani.
India working with Germany
- The arrest of banned Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) radical Jaswinder Singh Multani by German police is a culmination of more than 72 hours
- of hectic diplomacy by the Modi government with Berlin,
- With New Delhi making it clear that it would hold Germany accountable if any bomb blast took place in Mumbai or Delhi.
- The Modi government provided actionable intelligence to the German embassy in Delhi and back in Berlin to convince the Federal Police about the urgency of the matter.
- Indian Embassy officials were recalled from their Christmas holidays by top Ministry of External Affairs officials to ensure that the German authorities understand the seriousness of the matter about an impending terror strike on Mumbai.
- It is understood that Multani had been able to send explosives to Mumbai with a terror team being assembled for the strike.
- While the SFJ terrorist is currently being interrogated by the German police, Indian security agencies and the MEA are totally tight-lipped on the matter.
Now pressure on UK & Canada
- The arrest of Multani by German authorities is a huge step in bilateral relations as it will also force countries like the UK and Canada to take action against Sikh separatists, who are being backed by the Pakistani deep state.
- The inaction on part of the UK and Canada, despite being India’s strategic partners, has convinced Indian security agencies say that these countries with large Sikh populations are trying to fish in troubled waters.
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