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From terror being outsourced to gangsters to murders, security in Punjab has collapsed

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It may be recalled that OneIndia had on May 24 reported that ISI-Khalistan terror groups have been using local gangsters for the deniability factor.

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    New Delhi, May 30: Famous Punjabi singer and Congress leader Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead on Sunday by unidentified assailants in Punjab's Mansa district, a day after the state government curtailed his security cover.

    Moosewala's cousin and a friend, who were travelling in a Mahindra Thar jeep with him, were also injured in the attack.

    From terror being outsourced to gangsters to murders, security in Punjab has

    "This incident seems to be a case of an inter-gang rivalry," Punjab Director General of Police VK Bhawra said, adding the Lawrence Bishnoi gang was behind the killing.

    This brings us to the question of the security situation in Punjab. The law and order situation in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan is fast collapsing.

    It may be recalled that OneIndia had on May 24 reported that ISI-Khalistan terror groups have been using local gangsters for the deniability factor.

    The Intelligence says that the ISI has directed the Khalistan groups to undertake this operation and in particular target the goods trains.

    This Intelligence once again signals the attempts being made by the Khalistan groups to carry out terror attacks and revive its movement. In this backdrop the probe agencies have also found that the Khalistan elements had outsourced the Rocket Propelled Grenade attack on the Punjab Police's intelligence headquarters in Mohali to gangsters.

    The probe showed that the ones who carried out the RPG attack are from hajjar in Haryana and Faizabad in UP. They have a criminal record and were paid to carry out the attack.

    Even if one were to take the case of the Ludhiana Court blast, it was found that it was the handiwork of gangsters involved in smuggling. They would smuggle drugs and IEDs at the behest of the ISI and then strike in Punjab, the probe also learnt.

    An official tells OneIndia that this modus operandi has been going on for long and the Khalistan groups have been outsourcing terror strikes to gangsters in a bid to avoid the heat. The fact that they use a gangster to carry out the attack gives the agencies the impression that the same is done by a local criminal group and not the ISI backed Khalistan forces.

    Since 2021 the K2 desk of the ISI has been active. The Delhi Police which investigated the ISI psy-ops racket learnt that it was being carried out by the K2 desk. In December 2020, the Delhi Police had bust the K2 module, which was being controlled in Dubai. "It has emerged that Pak''s ISI along with Pakistan-based Khalistan radicals Harmeet Singh (Chief of Khalistan Liberation Force) and Lakhbir Singh (Chief of KZF-Khalistan Zindabad Force; based in Pakistan) in furtherance of their conspiracy to revive militancy in Punjab, have been using gangster Sukh Bhikhariwal for targeted killings," he said. "It has also come to notice that ISI through its K2 desk (Kashmir-Khalistan) has been funding the targeted killings of right-wing leaders and the Pro-Khalistani radicals are employing the services of gangsters for executing the killings of right wing leaders to revive the militancy," the police had said.

    In 2019, the Intelligence Bureau had warned that Pakistan is activating its K2 operation or desk. In Kashmir, it has roped in the Jaish-e-Mohammad, while in Punjab it is the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF).

    It was with the intention of furthering this agenda that the KZF had managed to get in a lot of ammunition with the help of drones in Pakistan. The ISI wants to create trouble in both Punjab and Kashmir and in this regard, it is not only trying to infiltrate its terrorists but also spruce up the Khalistan movement in Punjab.

    The Intelligence has on several occasions spoken about this dual plan by Pakistan. What is worrisome is that it would activate these plans simultaneously so that the Indian security forces are kept busy in both the states.

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