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Canada silent on NIA pleas on Khalistani elements

Canada’s lack of response regarding the extradition and deportation of individuals involved in terrorist activities and pro-Khalistan elements has raised concerns. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has submitted multiple requests to the Canadian authorities, seeking the extradition of these individuals who are wanted for their alleged involvement in terrorism, murder, and related offenses.

According to government officials, the wanted individuals, along with local gangsters, have been orchestrating killings and engaging in terrorist activities in Punjab and other parts of India. Their extradition is crucial for bringing them to justice and curbing their destructive activities.

One of the notable figures of interest is Lakhbir Singh Sandhu, also known as Landa, a member of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI). Originally from Tarn Taran in Punjab, Landa is wanted by the NIA, with a reward of ₹15 lakh announced for his capture. Recently, a close associate of Landa was apprehended for allegedly carrying out a Rocket-Propelled Grenade attack on the Punjab police intelligence headquarters in Mohali in May 2022. The associate, identified as Deepak, is implicated in multiple cases involving violent terrorist acts and criminal offenses, including killings.

The NIA’s pleas for the extradition and deportation of these individuals remain pending with the Canadian authorities. The delay in Canada’s response raises concerns about the commitment to international cooperation in combating terrorism and ensuring the safety and security of nations. Timely action from the Canadian authorities is crucial to prevent these individuals from continuing their destructive activities and to bring them to justice.

The cooperation between countries in addressing terrorism is of utmost importance in maintaining global peace and stability. It is hoped that Canada will expedite the extradition and deportation process, demonstrating its commitment to international security efforts and ensuring that perpetrators of terrorism face appropriate legal consequences.