Punjab Asks Centre To Delete 46 Names From Sikh's 'Blacklist
Amritsar July 18:
In a significant but secret move, Punjab has recommended deletion of the names of 46 individuals from the Union government's “blacklist“, including top Khalistan protagonists and former militants not involved in any criminal case in India, it is learnt. Of those sought to be de-listed, 39 are Punjab-origin expatriates who have been denied Indian visa since the 1980s because of their pro-Khalistan activities abroad, while seven are one-time militants currently residing in Punjab.
Notable among them are Gurmit Singh Aulukh and Ganga Singh Dhillon, both US nationals and long-time campaigners for a separate Sikh state; Canada residents Ajaib Singh Bagri, a Babbar Khalsa International (Parmar) activist who was tried for the Kanishka airliner bombing, and Avtar Singh, alias Tari, of the Khalistan Liberation Force, besides Shingara Singh and Resham Singh, both top Babbar Khalsa leaders settled in France and Germany, respectively.
The de-listing recommendation is in response to the blacklist of 169 names that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had forwarded to Punjab on May 17. The Badal government's recommendation has clear political overtones in the backdrop of the party's vociferous stand for scrapping the blacklist -a move likely to be interpreted as an attempt to pander to the Sikh radicals in the wake of the upcoming high-stakes Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections. In fact, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had raised the black/negative list that has been under tight wraps all these years, issue in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the CMs' conference on internal security on February 7 this year.
Badal had demanded the names of all those on the black/negative list be put on the official website of the Ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs and the Indian Overseas Affairs so that unnecessary harassment was not caused to such people on arrival in India and they could get an opportunity playing the name game 169 Total names of Sikhs received from Centre for review 28 Should face their cases on return, says Punjab 84 Names not clearly identified, addresses demanded 11 Not from state to make a representation in their defence to an appropriate authority.
The issue of blacklist has long been agitating Sikh expatriates and had lately become the central plank of foreign based extremist elements' shrill anti-India rhetoric, particularly in Canada.
The MHA had sent to Punjab a CD containing “consolidated and updated blacklist (as on 14/05/2010)“ of 185 names for review and recommendation. However, the review revealed there were actually only 169 names, as two persons' names had been repeated thrice, and 12 persons' twice. The names were closely scrutinised by state intelligence agencies under the direct supervision of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who looks after the Home Department.
In its two-page “secret“ letter to the Foreign Division of the MHA, the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government has also indirectly taken up the case of another 28 persons who figure in the blacklist and are wanted in terrorist or heinous criminal cases in Punjab. The government has said that they “on their return to India should face their respective cases registered against them, as per the law of land“.
“However, [if there is] anyone who contends the registration of a case against him is false, it is proposed to provide such person an opportunity for making a representation to the Home Department for getting an inquiry conducted,“ says the official communication. Punjab has also asked the Union Home Ministry to provide complete addresses of another 84 persons on the blacklist, whose identity could not be established due to incomplete addresses.
On the remaining 11 persons belonging to other states, Punjab has suggested the comments be sought from the authorities concerned. The Badal government has sought assurance from the Centre that the list provided to the state “is final and conclusive“, and that there is no other list that debars Sikh NRIs from visiting India.
List of 169 Sikhs on the 'blacklist' of Union Home Ministry:
Recommended for de-listing (living in Punjab)
1. Kulbir Singh Barapind, onetime Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) militant, extradited from the US four years ago in three criminal cases, currently general secretary of SAD (Panch Pardhani).
2. Gurdev Singh, “Pappi“, Khalistan National Army militant belonging to Amritsar, facing trial.
3. Harpal Singh Cheema, exKCF militant, acquitted in criminal cases; now associated with SAD (Panch Pardhani).
4. Paramjit Singh Dhadi, “Pamma“, International Sikh Youth Federation activist, currently in Nabha jail.
5. Jasbir Singh, alias Pargat Singh, exKCF (Panjwar) activist, currently in Nabha jail.
6. Mukhtiar Singh of Brahampura village in Tarn Taran, has no case.
7. Jagdip Singh, “Bhilli“ of Sunam. Had surrendered before Punjab Police.
39 with no criminal cases:
1. Tezinder Singh, “Kaloe“, former BKI activist of Raipur, Hoshiarpur.
2. Ajaib Singh Bagri, alias Ajit, alias A.S. Khalsa; BKI (Parmar) activist residing in Canada.
3. Gurmej Singh Gill, “Geja“, former militant living in Birmingham (UK).
4. Sardool Singh, BKI activist from Dhirpur, Jalandhar; now in Germany.
5. Davinder Singh Nahal, BKI activist from Gudeh village, Jalandhar, now in Birmingham.
6. Randhir Singh, ISYF activist, Birampur, Jalandhar.
7. Satwinder Singh Gill, “John Gill“, ISYF (Rode)/Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) activist, Behram (Nawanshahr).
8. Balbir Singh, ISYF activist from Paddi village, Hoshiarpur; now in Germany.
9. Balkar Singh Canadian, WSO activist, Heir, Amritsar, now in Canada.
10. Parsham Singh, ISYF, Miani, Hoshiarpur; now in Germany
11. Jatinder Vir Singh, AISSF activist from Padhiana, Jalandhar; now in Germany.
12. Avtar Singh Sanghera, BKI activist; Sirinh, near Nakodar, Jalandhar; now in Britain.
13. Satnam Singh, “Babbar“, BKI activist of Gill village, Jalandhar; now in Germany.
14. Dhanna Singh, alias Balbir Singh, of Khara Majha, Jalandhar; now in the US.
15. Gurjit Singh “Kaka“, alias Samra, ISYF activist of Samra, Jalandhar; now in the UK.
16. Raghbir Singh, ISYF activist of Paragpur/Salimpur (Jalandhar).
17. Hardevinder Singh, alias Tarvinder Singh, BKI activist of Manma, Kapurthala; now in Germany.
18. Satpal Singh, Khinda, ISYF activist of Lakhan-ke-Padde, Kapurthala; now in Germany.
19. Avtar Singh “Tari“, KLF activist of Ramghar Bhullar, Ludhiana; now in Canada.
20. Malkiat Singh, ISYF activist of Chaheru, Kapurthala; now in Pakistan.
21. Balwinder Singh Chaheru, ISYF activist of Chaheru, Kapurthala; now in the UK.
22. Satinderpal Singh Gill, “Jathedar“, ISYF activist of Badhni Kalan, Moga; now in Canada.
23. Gurinder Singh “Mana“, activist of Sikh Youth of America; now in Patiala.
24. Parminder Singh “Harfan Maula“, alias Hijacker; hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1984 to Lahore; sentenced in Pakistan; deported from Canada. Currently in Chandigarh.
25. Joga Singh, alias Darshan Singh, BKI activist of Sandhwan, Ropar; now in Belgium.
26. Amarjit Singh Chahal, “Lali“, alias Kawarjit, BKI activist of Jauli, Ropar; now in Canada.
27. Manpreet Singh Grewal, ISYF activist of Bhawanigarh, Sangrur; now in New Zealand.
28. Kashmir Singh, ISYF activist of Gosla, Nawanshahr; now in France.
29. Shingara Singh Mann, alias Ambassador, BKI activist of Mandali, Nawanshahr; now in Paris.
30. Santokh Singh “Khela“, BKI activist of Sahungra, Hoshiarpur; now in Canada.
31. Gurinder Singh of Moga; in UK.
32. Sodhi Singh Sodhi of ISYF, Kishanpur, Jalandhar; now in Canada.
33. Ganga Singh Dhillon, now living in Virginia, US.
34. Gurmit Singh Aulakh, US citizen living in Washington.
35. Sewa Singh Lalli of Kot Fatuhi, Hoshiarpur; now in UK.
36. Massa Singh, alias Major Singh, BKI activist of Rasulpur, Jalandhar; now in Norway.
37. Resham Singh of Babbar Khalsa International of Sandhu Chatha, Kapurthala, now in Germany.
38. Gurmit Singh Amloh, ISYF activist of Khanian, Fatehgarh Sahib; now in Germany.
39. Jagtar Singh, alias Avtar Singh, ISYF activist of Kaleke, Moga; now in US.
84 with identity not established:
1. Parvkar Singh Dulai, alias Pary, s/o Mastan Singh Dulai of Canada.
2. Harchand Singh Gill, Surrey, BC, Canada.
3. Kewal Singh Nagra and his wife Lakhbir Kaur, Surrey.
4. Satwant Singh Sandhu, BC.
5. Bhupinder Singh Johl, s/o Banta Singh Johl, Canada.
6. Aniljit Singh Uppal, Surrey.
7. Jarnail Singh Heer, BC.
8. Raminder Singh Bhandher, Surrey.
9. Harjit Singh Atwal, s/o Sohan Singh Atwal, Canada.
10. Jethinder Singh Narwal, s/o Avtar Singh Narwal, Canada
11. Jaswinder Parmar, s/o Talwinder Singh Parmar, Canada.
12. Narinder Parmar, s/o Talwinder Singh Parmar, Canada.
13. Rajinder Kaur Parmar, d/o Talwinder Singh Parmar, Canada.
14. Surinder Kaur Parmar, d/o Talwinder Singh Parmar, Canada.
15. Sukhpreet Singh Heir, Surrey.
16. Paramjit Singh Johal, Surrey.
17. Harkirat Singh Kular, Surrey.
18. Mokham Singh Bagri, s/o Ajaib Singh Bagri, Canada.
19. Jatinder Singh Gill, Surrey.
20. Gurpal Singh, alias Mandip Singh, alias Hardip, alias Surjit Singh Bittoo: No address.
21. Asaf Shaujah: No address.
22. Gian Singh Chitti, s/o Didar Singh Chitti: No Address.
23. Avtar Singh Kooner, s/o Gurbax Singh Kooner.
24. Daljit Singh Sekhon, s/o Gurdip Singh, Toronto.
25. Gian Singh Sandhu, BC.
26. Inderjit Singh Reyat: No address.
27. Jaswinder Singh Garcha, s/o Milkha Singh, Vancouver, Canada.
28. Kuldip Singh Sodhi, Toronto.
29. Surmukh Singh Lakhania, Ontario, Canada.
30. Jaideep Singh, s/o Kehar Singh: No address
31. Bikar Singh Nijjar, Brampton, Ontario.
32. Mohan Singh Judge, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
33. Ranjit Singh Sandhu, Edmonton, Alberta.
34. Surdev Singh, British Columbia.
35. Saudagar Singh Sandhu: No address.
36. Hakkam Singh Bhinda: No address.
37. Kuldip Brar: No address.
38. Piara Singh Pannesar, BC.
39. Surinder Singh Gill: No address.
40. Satnam Singh Johal, s/o Surmej Singh Johl, Kamloops, Canada.
41. Satnam Singh Khun Khun, Kamloops.
42. Balkaranjit Singh Gill, alias Balkaran, Brampton, Ontario.
43. Jaspal Singh “Jassa“: No address.
44. Parminder Singh Bajwa, alias Bitto, s/o Mahinder Singh Bajwa, Norway.
45. Chattar Singh, s/o Manna Singh, Nankana Sahib, Pakistan.
46. Daya Singh, s/o Ishar Singh, Pakistan.
47. Gulab Singh, s/o Manna Singh, Pakistan.
48. Naam Singh, s/o Ishar Singh, Pakistan.
49. Professor Udai Singh, s/o Jaswant Singh: No address.
50. Karamjit Singh Chahal, alias Bhau, Kent, UK.
51. Manmohan Singh, alias Gurpreet Singh Bajaj, Southall, London, UK.
52. Bhupinder Singh “Bhinda“: No address.
53. Charan Singh Panchi: No Address.
54. Bhai Joginder Singh, Slough, UK.
55. Joga Singh, UK.
56. Ajit Singh Khera, London.
57. Amrik Singh, alias Malkiat Singh: No address.
58. Balbir Singh Atwal, Birmingham.
59. Manmohan Singh Bajaj, alias Gurreet Singh Bajaj, Southall, Middlesex, UK.
60. Nirmal Singh, Huddersfield, UK.
61. Parminder Singh Bal, London.
62. Raghbir Singh Johal, editor, Awaze-e-Kaum, UK.
63. Paramjit Singh Sidhu, s/o Gurdev Singh Sidhu: No address.
64. Arjinder Pal Singh Sekhon: No address.
65. Gurdeep Singh Sohal, s/o Lohar Singh: No address.
66. Harbhajan Singh Gill, s/o Pratap Singh, New York.
67. Gurpal Singh “Pala“: No address.
68. Tehal Singh: No address. Gurbax Singh: No address.
69. Kuldip Singh: No address.
70. Pritpal Singh “Honey“: No address.
71. Rajinder Singh “Mona“: No address.
72. Ajit Singh Beniwal, s/o Tara Singh, California, US.
73. Nirmal Singh “Nimma“, California.
74. Pramjit Singh Ajrawat, Potomac Maryland, US.
75. Satbir Singh Bhullar, alias Satta, Brampton, Ontario.
76. Harbhajan Singh Bhinder, Chowdhury, of PS Mehta Chowk (Amritsar); now in Los Angles, US.
77. Surinder Singh Bhinder of Rayya (Amritsar), living in Germany.
78. Daljit Singh, alias Sekhon, of Faridkot.
79. Amrik Singh Gill, s/o Resham Singh, of Pattar Kalan, Jalandhar, living in UK.
80. Narinderjit Singh Thandi, s/o Bachan Singh Thandi of Daulatpur, Jalandhar; living in the UK.
81. Tarsem Singh Mehal of Mehal, Banga, Jalandhar; now in UK.
82. Surinder Singh “Bhau“ of Kalke, Amritsar; now in UK.
28 wanted in 'terror or criminal cases':
1. Harmit Singh Bhakna activist of Kamagata Maru Dal international; of Bhakna Kalan, Amritsar; now in Germany.
2. Rachpal Singh, PRO Khalistani activist, of Patti Hardas Ki, Verka, Amritsar; now in Germany.
3. Gurpartap Singh “Battu“ of Rangar Nangal, Batala, Dal Khalsa Canada activist; now in New York.
4. Gurjant Singh Bunty of Jangla, PS Sadar, Batala; now in Germany.
5. Satwinder Singh “Bhola“, alias Gill, of Power House Road, Bathinda, AISSF activist; now in San Jose, US.
6. Jaswant Singh Thekedar of Moh-onkar Nagar, Gurdaspur, DKI activist; in UK.
7. Harjinder Singh “Billa“, alias Giani, alias Kaka, of PS Tanda; KCF (P) activist; in Germany.
8. Jagjit Singh “Billa“ of Kamalpur, Tanda, Hoshiarpur; activist of KCF (P), ISYF, BTFK; in US.
9. Sukhdev Singh “Chottu“ of Heran, Nakodar, Jalandhar.
10. Gurdial Singh “Lalli“ of Kala Khera, Kartarpur, Jalandhar; ISYF (Bittoo); in Germany.
11. Bhupinder Singh “Bhinda“ of Shadipur, Nurmahal; in Germany.
12. Balwinder Singh Dhillon, alias Khalsa, of Dallewal, Goraya, Jalandhar; ISYF activist; UK.
13. Loveshinder Singh “Love“ of Dallewal, Goraya, ISYF activist; in UK.
14. Gurcharan Singh of Bilga Patti Dunita Mansur, Jalandhar; AISSF (B) activist; in US.
15. Avtar Singh “Tari“, alias Tara, of Bisrampur, Kartarpur, Jalandhar; KCF (P) activist; Netherlands.
16. Tersem Singh “Sema“, alias Karam Singh of Kala Sangha, Kapurthala; in Holland.
17. Wadhawa Singh “Chacha“ of Sandhu Chatha, Kapurthala, Babbar Khalsa International (Pakistan) activist; now in Babra Tass, Lahore.
18. Sukhwinder Singh “Penta“ of Sahnewal, Ludhiana; KCF (W)/KCF (Z) activist; in US.
19. Jagdish Singh “Bhura“, alias Doctor, of Mohie, Sudhar, Ludhiana; KLF activist.
20. Lakhbir Singh Rode, alias Lakhu, alias Lakhbir Singh Brar of Rode, Moga; International Sikh Youth Federation (Pakistan) activist; in Township area, Lahore.
21. Gurcharan Singh Saidpur, Saidpur village, Kharar, Mohali; ISYF/R activist; now in US.
22. Harvinder Singh “Bhatheri“ of Bhatheri, Rajpura, Patiala; BKI activist; in Belgium.
23. Jagtar Singh “Tari“, alias Sarpanch, alias Panjola, of Panjola, Ropar; BKI (Nepal) activist; in Nepal.
24. Harinder Singh Babbar, alias Bhakta Jathedar, of Ropar; BKI/AKBKF activist; in New Jersey.
25. Surinder Singh Sekhon “Chacha“ of Sangrur; activist of DKI/Babbar Khalsa; in Lahore.
26. Paramjit Singh Panjwar, alias Pamma, of Panjwar, Jhabal, Tarn Taran, Amritsar; KCF activist; now in Akbar Chowk, Lahore.
27. Mehal Singh, alias Atma Singh, of Dasuval, Valtoha, Tarn Taran, Amritsar; Babbar Khalsa International-Pakistan activist; now at 30, Faisal Town, Lahore.
28. Balbir Singh Sandhu of Kalsia, Amritsar; Dal Khalsa International activist; in Pakistan.
11 from states other than Punjab:
1. Manmohan Singh Bajaj of Sector 37-D, Chandigarh; leading member of Dal Khalsa; now in UK.
2. Gajinder Singh, alias Ravinder Singh, of Sector 23-B, Chandigarh; Dal Khalsa International-Pakistan activist; in Pakistan.
3. Parshotam Singh, alias Khatri Singh, alias Pamma, of Mathari Sheikhan, Nagal, Ambala; Babbar Khalsa InternationalPakistan activist; in Pakistan.
4. Jasbir Singh, “Profession: Hijacker“, of Taplan in Mabala.
5. Ripudaman Singh Malik, owner of Papilon Eastern Exports Ltd, E-146, Greater Kailash-II, New Delhi; Hamilton Street 6476, Marqusite St., Vancouver.
6. Gurdip Singh Pardesi, alias Milkha Singh, of Sunderpur, Jammu; DKI activist; Erabbau, Main Frankfurt, Germany.
7. Ranjit Singh “Neeta“, alias Manpreet, of Lahore Simbal Camp, Jammu; KZF activist.
8. Jagroop Singh Nihang of Reasi, Jammu; Babbar Khalsa International activist; “in Pak jail.“ Dalip Singh “Hijacker“ of Raipur Gujran, R.S. Pura, Jammu.
9. Karan Singh “Hijacker“ of Mohalla Rakhiri, Jammu.
10. Amarjit Singh of Kangra, Himachal; KAC activist; now 1400 Coleman Avenue, Suite F-23, Santa Clara.