MHA designates Khalistan Tiger Force associate Arshdeep Singh Gill as terrorist | India News

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday designated Arshdeep Singh Gill — a pro-Khalistan, Canada-based terrorist involved in several cases of faith-based killings and extortion in Punjab and closely associated with Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar — as an individual terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
In a notification announcing inclusion of his name in the Fourth Schedule of UAPA — which lists individual terrorists including Canada-based Nijjar — the home ministry stated that Arshdeep Singh Gill @ Arsh Dala, born on May 21, 1996 in Jagraon, Ludhiana, Punjab, but presently based in Canada, is associated with Khalistan Tiger Force and runs terror modules on behalf of Nijjar.
Arshdeep is involved in heinous crimes such as murder — including that of Hindu priest Kamaldeep Sharma in Phillaur, Jalandhar in January 2021 and Dera Sacha Sauda follower Manohar Lal in Bathinda in November 2020, both allegedly aimed at disturbing peace and disrupting communal harmony, besides cases of extortion by threatening businessmen in Punjab as well as terror funding. He is said to have ordered the aforesaid killings by arranging weapons for members of his terror gang and paying them through wire transfers and also luring them with the promise of a visa to live in Canada.
The multiple cases against Arshdeep — who is said to have relocated to Canada in 2019 — are being investigated by NIA.
Arshdeep, the MHA notification states, “is involved in terror financing, cross border smuggling of drugs or weapons in large scale”. It also cited his involvement in NIA cases relating to targeted killing, extortion of money for terror funding, attempt to murder, disturbing communal harmony and creating terror among the people of Punjab, to justify addition of his name in the Fourth Schedule under UAPA.

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