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Revival of terrorism in Punjab: Shinde warns Badal


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Source: http://www.punjabnewsline.com/news/Shinde-warns-Badal-against-revival-of-terrorism.html

Revival of terrorism in Punjab: Shinde warns Badal

Monday, October, 29 2012 - 10:58

NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has been cautioned by Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde against revival of terrorism in the state.

Badal had attended a meeting with the Home Minister while on his visit to New Delhi.

Security agencies, after an assessment of the situation in Punjab have warned of a surge in the radical elements once again in the state.

As per the sources, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Home Minister have been informed by the intelligence agencies of the efforts by radicals in the European countries to revive terrorism in the state. The radicals are reportedly being provided help by the neighbouring Pakistan.

There are numerous sites on the internet which are initiating recruitment drives for militant groups for achievement of Khalistan.

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Radical talk in Punjab a worry for intelligence agencies

Ajay Banerjee/TNS

New Delhi, October 28

The Central intelligence agencies are worried over the developments in Punjab in the recent months coupled with radical thoughts being spread by foreign-based pro-Khalistan elements. The stance taken by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in allowing a memorial for Operation Bluestar and the subsequent developments has led to suggestions from the top echelons that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will have to take a tough political call.

Sources in the government confirmed to The Tribune that the UPA’s top hierarchy, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, has been apprised about the assessment in Punjab and also the stream of thoughts being perpetuated from abroad through the Internet.

The UPA’s top bosses have been told that some plain speaking is required between the Centre, Punjab and all the agencies controlling the law and order and intelligence gathering agencies. For long, the successive governments at the Centre have considered Badal as a moderate and amenable Sikh leader. Sources said the top brass of the Punjab Police led by DGP Sumedh Saini has been in the forefront of the fight against militancy and is fully capable of curbing any trouble makers.

As of now there is no need for police action, however, a political call needs to be firmed up in dealing with the statements on the memorial issue, sources said adding the police realises that it will be first to face the brunt in case of misadventure by the radicals. Besides the UPA, even the BJP, the ruling partner in the state with the Akalis, has expressed its reservation on the memorial.

As of now there is a drift and it has been observed by the agencies that the Union Home Minister share his opinion with Badal on the matter of the memorial and also the fact that several Pakistan-based elements and pro-Khalistan elements based in Europe, Canada, the UK and the US are having a free-for-all on the Internet and spreading their own thoughts. Badal may not be able to counter the net-based propaganda, however, he can ensure the right kind of atmosphere in the state.

New Delhi has sounded off friendly foreign countries about the hatred being spread by radicals. Thankfully, the European nations are ready to hear India. This is a change since the 1980s and early 1990s when political asylum was being granted to the people from Punjab.

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Don't believe everything you read in the media and that goes double for the Indian media! European nations grant asylum status according to each case. Even if the governments suddenly become amenable to India, the tribunal system especially in the UK makes sure that the government doesn't always get their way. The stupid Indians have no idea of how the European system works. They think Cameron just has to click his finger and someone seeking asylum will be on the first plane out of the country. The Indian media is notorious for making up 'facts' and 'agreements' when none exist.

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