Thailand on alert as Khalistan terrorist on loose

Security officials guarding the border checkpoint in Thailand's Narathiwat province have been put on alert following reports that a Khalistani terrorist has fled for this country and may sneak across the southern border into Malaysia.

Bangkok: Security officials guarding the border checkpoint in Thailand's Narathiwat province have been put on alert following reports that a Khalistani terrorist has fled for this country and may sneak across the southern border into Malaysia.

Jagtar Singh Tara, reportedly supplied the car used in the deadly bombing against then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, who was killed in the suicide attack along with 17 others, including a number of commandos and VIPs.

The wanted Sikh terrorist leader, is involved in India's Khalistan movement, which uses terrorism to try to create a separate Sikh homeland called Khalistan in the Punjab region, the Bangkok Post reported Tuesday.

He broke out of jail 10 years ago.

Col Jataporn Kalumpasut, deputy secretary-general of the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) Region 4's Forward Command, Monday said he had instructed officials manning the border checkpoint to be on lookout.

The information about the terrorist, Tara, who had been convicted for his involvement in a 1995 bombing in Punjab, was believed to have been conveyed to Thailand Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon by the Indian government officials during a recent meeting, the report added.

Tara is known as the leader of Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), one of the Khalistan terrorist groups operating in India and Pakistan. He was a key figure, among several extremists, in plotting the mission.

He and the other masterminds were later arrested and imprisoned in the high-security Burail jail in Chandigarh. But three of them, including Tara, escaped through a long underground tunnel in 2004.

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