Bengaluru, Aug 12: An intelligence bureau note of November 6, 2015 stated that the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) would launch Pakistanis disguised as locals to carry out attacks on Hindus in a bid to cause unrest in the state. The note further reads that religious places would be targeted in Punjab so as to cause tension and unrest.
The note is significant in the wake of the latest development where three persons belonging to the Khalistan Zindabad Force were arrested following the attack on RSS leader Brig (retd) Jagadish Gajnega in Punjab.
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The KZF headed by Ranjeet Singh Neeta who took shelter in Pakistan following a crack down on militancy at Punjab has been instructed by the ISI to launch operations.
Neeta who heads a camp near Lahore in Pakistan has been training militants not just from his force, but also from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Intelligence Bureau note also states.
As per the input that the IB has received, Neeta trained several Lashkar-e-Taiba militants who will be launched into Punjab. The plan is to disguise them as locals of Punjab and then send them into the state.
Apart from terror attacks such as the one witnessed in Gurdaspur, the KZF also plans on touching upon issues that can hurt religious sentiments.
The questioning of the three people arrested by the Punjab police on Thursday has revealed that they are members of the KZF. It has also been learnt that these people were in touch with handlers in Pakistan, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
The Inspector General of Police (Counter Intelligence) M F Farooqui said three militants Gurpal Singh alias Pala of Jalalpur Kalan in Jalandhar, Major Singh of Karnal in Haryana and Rachpal Singh of Rakh Ameer in Jalalabad were arrested.
"They have links with terrorists of the Khalistan Zindabad Force's units based in United Kingdom and Belgium. They were entrusted with the task of reviving militancy in Punjab by facilitating terrorist activities," he also said.