Move to remove 142 terrorists from blacklist dangerous: AIATF chief
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 21:58
Jalandhar: Terming as "dangerous" the Centre's move to remove from its 'blacklist' the names of 142 wanted terrorists and their associates, the All India Anti- Terrorist Front on Sunday demanded rollback of the decision.

"The government's move to remove from its 'blacklist' the names of 142 wanted terrorists, including the heads of various Sikh extremist groups, is dangerous not only for Punjab but for the entire nation," AIATF chief MS Bitta said.

"The Centre should rollback the decision as the move will revive militancy in Punjab," he said, adding that it is not correct to allow people blacklisted during the days of militancy to return to the country.

Of the 142 wanted militants, the government decided to strike the names of 23 Khalistan supporters off the blacklist and permit them to come to India.

The list includes names like Ranjit Singh alias Neeta, a native of Jammu and Kashmir who heads Khalistan Zindabad Force; Wadhawa Singh, chief of Babbar Khalsa International and Paramjit Singh Panjwar, chief of Khalistan Commando Force.

The wanted persons whose names have been deleted are believed to be currently based in countries like Pakistan, the US, Canada, Norway, France and Germany, and the government's step will enable them to move freely around the world and even return home.

The Centre's decision follows the Delhi High Court order to it on February 9 to take a decision on a petition that pleaded that the list of 169 Sikhs should be reviewed as it has led to "unnecessary harassment" to various individuals at different airports and embassies across the world due to non-renewal of their passports by the Indian government.


First Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 21:58

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