New Delhi: Following reports of foreign Sikh elements wanting to revived militancy in India, New Delhi blamed Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for extending support to “misguided youth from the community to carry out terror attacks not only in Punjab but also in other parts of the country”.
India’s Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, “Sikh youth based and settled in Europe and US are also being motivated in this regard.”
He said, “Sikh youth are being trained in ISI facilities in Pakistan. Interdictions and interrogations have revealed use of jailed cadres, unemployed youth, criminals and smugglers by Pak-based Sikh terror groups for facilitating terror attacks.”
To bolster his argument, he referred to interrogation reports of arrested militants and seizures of a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives, including RDX, which found its way into Punjab through the western borders. He was speaking to the chief ministers here at a conference on internal security.
The home minister also underlined in his speech that the country continued to face serious challenges of its internal security scenario from “jehadi terrorists”.
He said, “India has long and porous border with Bangladesh and Nepal, which have been used by Pak-based jehadi groups to ex-filtrate terrorists out of India for training in Pakistan and induction of terroristshardwarefinance into India for actions.
“Jehadi tanzeems in Pakistan with affiliation to LeT, JeM and Indian Mujahideen (IM) have set up channels for transfer of funds from Pakistan to India via Gulf and Nepal, besides using other hawala channels. Moreover, ex-SIMI cadres and similar militant elements based in Gulf have also been observed collecting money for causing destruction in India.”