The Indian government has banned Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) for its involvement in several killings, bombings and other terror activities during its violent campaign for “secession of Punjab”. According to officials, during the height of militancy in Punjab in 1980s and 1990s, the group was involved in a series of unlawful activities.
The Khalistan Liberation Force and all its manifestations have been declared outlawed under the under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a Home Ministry order said on Wednesday, adding it will be the 40th organisation to be proscribed under this law. The ban on KLF has been imposed as it is involved in “killing of innocent people and police officers, several bombings on civilian targets in India, collection of funds for terror activities through extortion, kidnappings, bank robberies and assassination attempts of important government functionaries”, the order said.
Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) is a militant group, and is part of the Khalistan movement to create a Sikh homeland called Khalistan via armed struggle. The KLF appears to have been a loose association of scattered Khalistani groups. The KLF was founded by Aroor Singh and Sukhvinder Singh Babbar in 1986. Other KLF leaders who headed KLF after Aroor Singh were Avtar Singh Brahma (killed by Punjab police 22 July 1988), Gurjant Singh Budhsinghwala (Killed by Indian security forces on 29 July 1992), Navroop Singh (killed by Punjab police on 4 August 1992), Kuldip Singh Keepa Shekhupura, and Navneet Singh Khadian (killed 25 Feb 1994).After Navneet Singh Kadian KLF singhs hand over command to Dr. Pritam Singh Sekhon. Harminder Singh Mintoo used to head this organisation until his death in April 2018 at Patiala jail due to heart attack.
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17 August, 2019