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NIA probes terror funding for Babbar Khalsa group

September 10, 2012 20:38 IST

The National Investigation Agency is probing a terror funding racket of banned Sikh separatist outfit Babbar Khalsa International, allegedly being run from the United Kingdom, to commit terrorist acts in India.

A case in this connection was registered by the agency late in August against the operatives of BKI.

"These operatives have been receiving funds from the United Kingdom-based Babbar Khalsa International to commit terrorist acts in India with active material and logistic support from Pakistan-based BKI leaders," said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

Home ministry sources said intelligence agencies have found fresh evidence that BKI leaders in Pakistan and the UK were laundering money through various channels in their bid to carry out terror acts.

"Nearly Rs 100 crore is understood to have been transferred illegally from the UK to BKI leaders. A chain involving BKI henchmen in Pakistan and the UK have been traced. The agency is trying to ascertain the identity of the BKI members," a source said.

Besides, the source said, the BKI leaders were using social networking sites and fictitious portals to generate funds for their terror-related activities.

"There have been over a dozen suspected websites and numerous accounts on social networking sites allegedly involved in funding to the BKI. All of them are being checked by the authorities," the source said.

The case was registered on August 22 under Section 6 (5) of NIA Act, 2008 which authorises the central government to direct the investigating agency to probe a scheduled offense.

BKI is a banned terror outfit under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

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