Amid Nijjar row, India declares Canada-based goon ‘terrorist’ | India News

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NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs has designated Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh Landa as a terrorist.
The move comes amid continuing strain in diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Ottawa over PM Justin Trudeau’s claim earlier of Indian involvement in the killing of wanted Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil.
According to an official release by MHA, 34-year-old Landa, son of Niranjan Singh and Parminder Kaur, has a permanent residence at VP0 Harike in the Tarn Taran district of Punjab, bordering Pakistan.
Under the UAPA Mt. 1967 (37 of 1967), “Clause (a) of sub-section (1) and sub-section (2) of section 35 of the said Act empowers the central government to add the name of an individual in the Fourth Schedule to the said Act if it believes that he is involved in terrorism,” MHA said on Friday.
Landa currently resides in Edmonton, capital of Alberta in Canada, and is a member of Babbar Khalsa International.
According to MHA, Babbar Khalsa International is listed as a terrorist organisation as per “number I of the First Schedule to the said Act.”
Landa was backed by the cross-border agency and was involved in the terror attack through a shoulder-mounted rocket-propelled grenade on the building of Punjab’s State Intelligence Headquarters at Mohali, MHA added. He was also “involved in the supply of IEDs, arms, sophisticated weapons, and explosives from across the border to various modules for carrying out terrorist activities in Punjab”, according to the MHA release.
Landa was also involved in criminal cases related to raising of terror modules, extortion and killings. planting IEDs, smuggling weapons and narcotics and using funds or proceeds thereof for terrorist acts in the Punjab and other parts of the country, MHA added.


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