A day after confiscating two properties of Canada-based Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, controller of the banned Sikh For Justice (SFJ), the Centre has decided to seize assets belonging to 19 other fugitive Khalistani terrorists under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). As per the sources, the step will help the government choke the finances of these terrorists from India and also not allow them to visit here.
Media sources state that the central investigating agency has compiled a list of Khalistani terrorists who are hiding abroad, including those in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. Major action is anticipated to be taken against these terrorists soon.
They are Paramjit Singh Pamma, Kulwant Singh Muthra, Sukhpal Singh, Sarabjeet Singh Bennur, Kulwant Singh alias Kanta, Gurpreet Singh alias Baaghi and Dupinder Jeet (in UK), Wadhwa Singh Babbar alias Chacha, Ranjit Singh Neeta (in Pakistan), Jay Dhaliwal, Harpreet Singh alias Rana Singh, Harjap Singh alias Jappy Singh, Amardeep Singh Poorewal and S Himmat Singh (US), Jasmeet Singh Hakimzada (Dubai), Gurjant Singh Dhillon (Australia), Lakhbir Singh Rode (Europe) and Canada and Jatinder Singh Grewal (Canada).
According to the sources, India is also in the process of cancelling the registration of more than a dozen Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card holders for carrying out pro-Khalistan activities and anti-India propaganda. The move comes against the backdrop of India suspending visa services in its Canadian missions, and directing Canada to cut its diplomatic staff in India.
According to information available on the Ministry of External Affairs website, a total of 4.06 million OCI registration cards were issued till 31 January 2022. The central government can cancel the OCI registration if “the overseas citizen of India has shown disaffection towards the Constitution of India as by law established," and if “it is necessary so to do in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of India, friendly relations of India with any foreign country, or in the interests of the general public".
The MEA on 20 September also issued an advisory for Indian nationals and students in Canada, cautioning, “In view of growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in Canada, all Indian nationals there and those contemplating travel are urged to exercise utmost caution."
Recent political tension caused India and Canada to pause their trade negotiations. A trade mission from Canada to India was put on indefinite hold, and representatives from that country confirmed that the talks have also been put on hold.
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