31 October, 2020

Deadly Strikes

A rash of militancy in two northern states stalls the peace process

Deadly Strikes

WITHIN 24 hours of the bomb explosion at Ambala railway station on December 2, familiar ‘news releases’ from organi-sations in the United States were being transmitted through selected fax machines in Chandigarh. After a three-year hiatus, the Sikh militant groups were once again making their presence felt, loud and clear.

The self-styled ‘president’ of the Council of Khalistan, Gurmit Singh Aulakh, described the blast, caused by an RDX device planted on the Jammu-bound Jhelum Express, as "a brutal act of state terrorism". Likewise, the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) chief Paramjit Singh Panjwar squarely blamed Punjab’s ruling party for the explosion.

Curiously enough, no terrorist organisation has so far claimed responsibility and this has led the police to speculate that Kashmiri rather than Sikh militants were behind the explosion. But a section of forensic experts and intelligence officials believe that it was a ‘joint venture’ between Kashmiri and Sikh militants, both of whom...



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