New Delhi: Canada-based Khalistani supporter Lakhbir Singh Landa has been declared a terrorist by the Union Home Minister.
Lakhbir Singh Landa, 33, belongs to the banned Khalistani movement Babar Khalsa International. He was involved in the 2021 attack on the Punjab Police headquarters in Mohali. Also, he seems to be involved in the attack on Sarhali police station in December 2022.
Landa hails from Punjab and has been living in Canada for the past few years. There are various allegations against him of hatching conspiracies against India from there. In this case, last September, the Punjab Police conducted raids at 48 places related to Landa. A day before the raid, a person claiming to be Landa’s supporter threatened a Punjab-based businessman over the phone demanding Rs 15 lakh. Following the complaint given by the person, the police conducted raids at various places the next day. Some were arrested. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has declared Lakhbir Singh Landa as a terrorist.
Khalistan – Canada dispute: Khalistan terrorists are demanding a separate state for Sikhs in India. By emphasizing this, the supporters of Khalistan in Canada continue to engage in activities against India. They staged a protest in front of the Indian Embassy in Canada last March.
India has been urging the Canadian government to take action against the activities of Khalistan terrorists.
In this case, Hardeep Singh Nizar, the leader of the Khalistan Tiger Brigade and a terrorist, was shot dead in Canada a few months ago. Khalistan supporters in Canada pasted a poster with their photos saying that Indian Ambassador to Canada Sanjay Kumar Verma and Deputy Consul General in Toronto Apoorva Vastava were involved in the murder.
In this context, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in Parliament, said, “There are credible allegations that Indian government agents are involved in the killing of Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nizar.” India termed this as ridiculous and intentional. India asked Canada’s ambassador to India to leave in retaliation to Canada’s expulsion of its senior diplomat. It is noteworthy that due to the Khalistan dispute with such alternating accusations, Canada-India relations have become strained.