The government of India has banned KLF (Khalistan Liberation Force) for having its involvement in several killing, bombings, and other terror-related activities during its violent campaign for “session of Punjab”.
The decision to outlawed the outfit, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), comes in the backdrop of agencies unearthing several KLF modules in recent months that has led to apprehensions and attempts to revive terrorism in the state.
Under the UPAP Act, KLF and all its manifestations have been declared outlawed, said a Home Ministry order, on Wednesday, adding that it will be 40th organization to be forbidden under this law.
As per the officials, during the height of terrorism in Punjab in the 1980s and 1990s, KLF was involved in a series of unlawful activities.
The ban on KLF has been imposed as it involves in “killing of innocent people and police officers, several bombings on civilian targets in India, collection of funds for terror activities through extortion, kidnappings, bank robberies and assassination attempts of important government functionaries,” reads the order.
In 1986, Khalistan Liberation Force came into existence with the objective of establishing an independent Khalistan by a session of Punjab from India” through violent means”, added the order.
Home Ministry has maintained that a five-member KLF module was busted by Punjab Police, which resulted in working out the two cases related to the planting of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in Punjab’s Nabha. Another KLF module was busted in Gurudaspur district and four terrorists were arrested with illegal arms and ammunition. They even planned to target Pathankot based leaders of a particular political party.