Inspector general, National Investigation Agency (NIA), Alok Mittal addressed the national conference of chiefs of the anti-terrorism squad/Special Task Force in Delhi and warned of Pakistan’s attempts to revive terrorism in Punjab.
NIA IG Alok Mittal: There have been continuous efforts from across the border to revive terror activities in Punjab. 16 arrested for targeted killings in 8 cases,Khalistan Liberation Force was found to be involved. Funds from UK,Italy,France and Australia were sent for this. pic.twitter.com/4CvoSJ2MJE
— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2019
“There have been continuous efforts from across the border to revive terror activities in Punjab. Sixteen people were arrested for targeted killings in eight cases and Khalistan Liberation Force was found to be involved. Funds from the UK, Italy, France, and Australia were sent for this.”
According to Mittal, NIA registered a fresh case against the organization, Sikhs for Justice, because of its social campaign to radicalise Sikh youth. Five persons arrested in UP’s Shamli last year admitted that they were radicalized through the Referendum 2020 propaganda, he said.
On terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir, Alok said, “In the main case of terror funding in J&K, chiefs of proscribed organizations and top separatist leaders have been arrested and charge-sheeted. None have got bail so far. They were being funded by Pakistan High Commission through remittances and hawala transfers.”
Meanwhile, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval said, “If a criminal has the support of a state, it becomes a great challenge. Some of the states have mastered this. In our case, Pakistan has made it an instrument of state policy.”