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Gill pats cops for foiling Babbar plans

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
June 29, 2005 12:14 IST
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Kanwarpal Singh Gill, former director general of Punjab police, has congratulated the Delhi and Punjab police for exposing the Babbar Khalsa International's terror network in the state and its bid revive the militancy in the state.

Speaking to on Wednesday, Gill, who is credited with crushing terrorism in Punjab, said the Babbars were working in tandem with the terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir to revive terrorism in the state.

Punjab witnessed unprecedented bloodshed between 1982 and 1992 leading to Operation Blue Star and the assassination of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

"From my experience I can tell you that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence is making a desperate bid to revive militancy in Punjab. Recent arrest of Jagtar Singh Hawara, chief of the Babbar Khalsa International, and his accomplices by the Delhi police with assistance from the Punjab police has exposed the terror network. This is nothing new because the Babbars have been under pressure from their masters across the border to whip up violence. Delhi and Punjab police need to be patted on the back for their splendid job," Gill said.

Why was Hawara not caught after he fled from the Burail jail in Chandigarh in January last year?

"Maybe because he had restricted his movements. He went to Sangrur and got married. He refrained from appearing in public and hence he went undetected. But he is a dangerous man," said the former super cop. He said that no matter what the ISI does the people of Punjab are determined not to let history repeat.

"The people of Punjab have suffered a lot and they do not want a revival of violence in the state. This explains why those who are plotting to revive militancy are getting caught so easily. I am not at all surprised by the arrest of some 'human bombs'. Former chief minister of Punjab Sardar Beant Singh was killed by one such human bomb in 1995," he added.

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Onkar Singh in New Delhi