Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the ministry of home affairs (MHA) designated Lakhbir Singh Landa, a Canada-based gangster and leader of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), as an “individual terrorist” on Friday.
Landa is wanted by the Punjab Police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the May 9 rocket propelled grenade (RPG) attack at the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali last year. Landa runs the smuggling of weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from Pakistan to India.
As per a notification issued by MHA, Landa was also closely associated with pro-Khalistan elements (PKEs) based in Canada, including deceased Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Sikhs for Justice leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun among others.
Landa, a resident of Punjab’s Tarn Taran area, is now settled in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
“Lakhbir Singh alias Landa, backed by cross border agency, was involved in the terror attack through shoulder mounted Rocket Propelled Grenade on the building of Punjab State Intelligence Headquarter at Mohali. He has been involved in supply of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), arms, sophisticated weapons, explosives from across the border to various modules for carrying out terrorist activities in Punjab,” the notification said.
It also added that Landa was also engaged in several criminal cases related to the raising of terror modules, extortion, murders, the planting of IEDs, the smuggling of weapons and drugs, and the use of funds or revenues thereof for terrorist acts in Punjab and other regions of the nation.