On Day 1, concern over Sikh radicalism

Prime Minister tells David Cameron that two gurdwaras in the United Kingdom are used to espouse extremist views

November 13, 2015 01:36 am | Updated 01:36 am IST - New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now on a visit to the United Kingdom, is learnt to have told his British counterpart David Cameron that Indian intelligence agencies had information that two gurdwaras, one in Birmingham and the other in Glasgow, were being used to espouse radical views among the Sikh youth.

Mr. Modi is learnt to have told Mr. Cameron that radical groups were being trained there with the help of live demonstrations to make improvised explosive devices. These classes were held in December 2014 and January 2015.

The Hindu reported on November 3 that Mr. Modi was likely to share a dossier with the British authorities explaining that some TV channels such as the Sikh channel and Sangat TV in the U.K. and Star Live in France, controlled by pro-Khalistan radicals, indulged in anti-India tirade.

Babbar Khalsa International, which was banned in India, had started an Internet radio which was accessible through its parent site www.khalsafauj.net. The website allegedly glorified slain Khalistani militants.

Sangat TV and Sikh TV, the dossier says, were trying to incite Sikh youths by repeatedly referring to a police firing in Jammu on June 2 in which a Sikh youth was killed and a few others were injured. It says vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann) youth wing, Avtar Singh Khanda, a close associate of Khalistan terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara, and Paramjit Singh Pamma (associated with the Babbar Khalsa International), were planning to hold theoretical radicalisation training classes for the Sikh youths in the U.K.

Mr. Modi is believed to have told Mr. Cameron that funds were collected by organisations such as the BKI, International Sikh Youth Federation, Khalistan Commando Force, Khalistan Zindabad Force and sent to intermediaries based in Punjab and Pakistan.

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