Friday 9 October 2009

Sikh extremist activity minimal in recent years


Sikh extremist activity minimal
in recent years: Report ( Oct 07 2009 )

Sikh extremist activity in Canada, considered a cause of concern in Indian security establishment, is "minimal in recent years" according to a report, titled "Canada: Bi-Annual Update on the Threat from Terrorists and Extremists".
The Integrated Threat Assessment Centre report, however, underscores that separatism "provides an undercurrent of tension in various regions of Canada, most prominently in Quebec."
Dated last November, the report was only recently released under the Access to Information Act, Canadian media reported.
There had been a sustained propaganda for Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland, in Canada.
The Canadian government, however, has been insisting that it can't do much about people peacefully lobbying for Khalistan.
Canada was first among the countries where consulates of Khalisatn were announced to be set up unilaterally in the cities of Winnipeg, Vancouver and Toronto in 1969. Later in late eighties and nineties a violent movement in the name of Khalistan led to killings of thousands of people in India.
A major event in Canadian history was bombing of an Air India plane in 1985 for which Indo-Canadians were major suspects. They were acquitted many years later in court cases.
Many terrorist organizations working underground in Indian state of Punjab then, had been working openly in Canada.
In June 2003, the Canadian government outlawed the Babbar Khalsa, blamed in the 1985 Air India bombing, as well as the International Sikh Youth Federation.
The Indian government has also been raising concerns in Ottawa over an apparent resurgence of the Sikh separatist Khalistan movement in Canada.

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