NIA In Canada: Khalistani terrorist group "Sikh for Justice" and funding links on Radar.
News published by NRI Herald Australia, 8th November 2021
A high-level team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited Canada on November 4-5 for coordinating ongoing terror investigations.The US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a pro-Khalistan group, was banned by the Indian government in 2019 for its alleged anti-national activities. The SFJ had pushed for “Sikh Referendum 2020” as part of its separatist agenda.
Cracking down on terror suspects, a high-level team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited Canada on November 4-5 for coordinating ongoing terror investigations, stated the Indian High Commission in Ottawa. As per reports, the three-member NIA team is investigating secessionist organisations supporting the creation of Khalistan, like Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) are also being probed. During the four-day visit by the team headed by an IG-level officer, outfits like SFJ, Babbar Khalsa International, Khalistan Zindabad Force, and Khalistan Tiger Force will be probed, as per sources.
As per report published by republic TV:
The alleged foreign funding from Canada, the UK, USA, Australia, France and Germany to such outfits will also be probed. The High Commission stated that senior Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers and NIA officials have discussed collating evidence, successful prosecution of the accused in both Canada and India in such cases. Moreover, the NIA has held additional meetings with officers in Canada's International Crime and Counter-terrorism Bureau and International Affairs Division of public safety. India has also invited its Canadian counterparts to India to continue the collaboration.
In one of the tweet India's High Commission said:
"India and Canada collaborate on investigating terrorism. A high-level team from National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India visited Canada on 4-5 November 2021 at the invitation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "
In December 2020, the NIA filed a charge sheet against 16 foreign-based Khalistani supporters for the 2020 referendum by banned outfit - Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). The charge-sheeted accused include - US residents Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Avtar Singh Pannun, Harpreet Singh, and several UK and Canadian residents - Paramjit Singh, Kulwant Singh Mothada. Naming SFJ's chief patrons Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Paramjit Singh as terrorists, MHA has attached their Punjab-based properties under Section 51-A of UAPA. The NIA stated that SFJ has launched a massive social media campaign to propagate sedition as well as enmity on the grounds of region and religion, to radicalise impressionable youth.
The team is likely to press for execution of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty for faster sharing of information related to anti-India activities, said sources. Besides Canada, the probe agency is learnt to be equipped with details of funding routes from the UK, the US, Australia, France and Germany.
The NIA will press for execution of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty for sharing info
It’s also looking to dig out funding routes in UK, US, Australia, France and Germany
Pro-Khalistan groups have been trying to create unrest in India, says the agency