Chandigarh: The Punjab government has
recommended removal of 46 names from the list of blacklisted
persons including those who were associated with the
separatist Khalistani movement, drawing flak from the main
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal told reporters in
Sanghol in Fatehgarh Sahib today that his government had
recommended deletion of 46 names from the blacklist.
The list includes names of those individuals who were
associated with the Khalistani movement.
Badal said the Union Home Ministry had forwarded 185
names figuring in the black list to the state for verification
before taking any decision to delist these.
But, the list actually had 169 persons, the SAD supremo
Of these, 39 are not facing criminal charges, 28 are
facing criminal cases, seven are present in Punjab, 84 have
incomplete addresses and 11 belong to other states.
Sources said most of those whose names are recommended
for removal are Khalistani protagonists living abroad,
including members of the outlawed Babbar Khalsa and the
International Sikh Youth Federation.
The list contains names of Gurmit Singh Aulakh, a
Washington DC-based doctor-turned-president of the Council of
Khalistan, and Ajaib Singh Bagri, a Canadian citizen and
activist of Babbar Khalsa (Parmar) who was tried and aquitted
in the Kanishka bombing case.
The sources said other names included that of Gurmit
Singh Aulukh and Ganga Singh Dhillon, both US nationals and
long-time campaigners for a separate Sikh state, and Shingara
Singh and Resham Singh, both top Babbar Khalsa leaders settled
in France and Germany.
BKI activists Avtar Singh, now in Britian, Satnam
Singh, now in Germany, and Devinder Singh, now in Birmingham,
also figure in the list of 46 names, the sources said.
Reacting to the SAD-BJP government`s move, Punjab
Congress spokesman Fateh Jangh Singh Bajwa said it was aimed
at pandering to Sikh radicals in the wake of upcoming SGPC
The move clearly had political overtones, he said.
Leader of the Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal said
unless separatist elements apologise and express full faith in
the Indian Constitution, they can not be allowed to enter
The BJP, an ally of the SAD, said the state government
should devise a mechanism to clear each such case.
Before entering India, each one of them should express
faith in the democratic process and the Indian Constitution,
state BJP chief Ashwani Sharma said.