Prominent NRIs in the U.S. are urging Indian diplomats and officials to stop squandering their energies on the alleged maid exploiter Devyani Khobragade and focus on nipping the Khalistan movement rearing its head again.
U.S. law enforcement authorities arrested Balwinder Singh, aka Jhajj, aka, Happy, aka Possi, aka Baljit Singh, 39, in Reno (Nevada) on December 17 and charged him with providing material support to terrorism groups in India and Pakistan to intimidate the Indian government and to harm persons that were not supporting their cause.
Balwinder Singh is allegedly a member of two terrorist organizations, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF).
Members of Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Zindabad Force are attempting to establish an independent Sikh state called Khalistan in Punjab.
Terrorism is a far bigger challenge to India than the Maid-in-India problems at the NYC Indian Consulate.
Khalistan terrorists have inflicted indescribable agony on India in the 1980s through widespread mayhem and massive killing of thousands in the North Indian state of Punjab.
Here’s an excerpt from the U.S. Justice Department statement announcing Balwinder Singh’s arrest:
The indictment alleges that the object of the conspiracy was to advance the goals of BKI and KZF by raising money and obtaining weapons to support acts of terrorism in India. It is alleged that the conspiracy began on a date unknown but no later than Nov. 30, 1997. It is alleged that Singh used a false identity and obtained false identification documents in the United States so that he could travel back to India without being apprehended by the Indian authorities. It is alleged that Singh communicated with other coconspirators by telephone while he was in the United States to discuss acts of terrorism to be carried out in India. It is alleged that Singh sent money from Reno, Nev., to co-conspirators in India for the purchase of weapons that would be provided to members of the BKI and KZF to support acts of terrorism in India. It is alleged that Singh traveled from the United States to Pakistan, India, and other countries to meet with coconspirators to assist in the planning of terrorism in India, and that Singh provided advice to coconspirators about how to carry out acts of terrorism.
If Balwinder Singh is convicted, he faces up to life in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.
Balwinder Singh is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Balwinder is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on December 20, 2013, for an initial appearance and arraignment.