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“Goldy Brar” Declared “Individual Terrorist”

“Goldy Brar” Declared “Individual Terrorist”

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NEW DELHI, Jan 1: The union home ministry on Monday declared the Canada-based wanted criminal Satinderjit Singh alias Goldy Brar– the   alleged mastermind in the murder of Punjabi singer Siddhu Moose wala – as “individual terrorist” under the anti-terror law the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, (UAPA). A Red Corner Notice has been issued against him by Interpol and there is a non-bailable warrant against him as well.

The government said the move came over his involvement in smuggling of high-grade arms, ammunition and explosives through drones from across the border for carrying out killings in India.

The Union Home Ministry, in a notification, said 29-year old Goldy Brar has also been associated with banned terrorist group Babbar Khalsa International. He and his associates have been conspiring to disrupt peace, communal harmony and law and order in Punjab through sabotage, raising of terror modules, carrying out targeted killings and other anti-national activities. The central government believed that he was involved in terrorism and therefore he has been added as a terrorist under the UAPA, the notification said.

It said that Singh, backed by cross border agency was involved in multiple killings and professes radical ideology, his name figured in making threatening calls to pro-nationalist leaders, demanding ransom and posting the claims of killings on different social media platforms.

It added that he has been involved in smuggling of high-grade arms, ammunitions and explosive materials through drones from across the border and supplying them to carry out killings and also providing sharp shooters.

“Satwinder Singh @ Satinderjit Singh @ Goldy Brar and his associates have been conspiring to disrupt the peace, communal harmony and law and order in the State of Punjab through nefarious designs including sabotage, raising of terror modules, carrying out targeted killings, and other anti-national activities,” MHA said.

In 2022, the Interpol issued Red Corner Notice against Singh. A non-bailable warrant and a Look Out Circular is pending against Singh. Singh is the 56th person to be designated as an individual terrorist. In 2023, seven individuals were designated terrorists by MHA, while four organisations were declared “unlawful association” and two outfits as “terrorist organisation” during the same period.

Brar, known to be a key member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, is from Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab and said to be living in Brampton, Canada. He is wanted by the National Investigation Agency and for crimes in various states. Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead in his SUV near his village Moosa in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29 last year. Goldy Brar had later admitted in a Facebook post that he had planned the murder to avenge the killing of another gangster.

(Manas Dasgupta)

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