A year after attacks against RSS leaders and attempts at revival of militancy with support of ISI were traced to the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), the Ministry of Home Affairs has now banned it. In a notification issued on Wednesday, MHA added KLF as the 40th organisation to the banned list which also includes four other Sikh extremist groups – Babbar Khalsa International, Khalistan Commando Force, Khalistan Zindabad Force and International Sikh Youth Federation. KLF has been banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for committing and promoting various acts of terrorism in India as well as recruitment of youth for terrorist activities in the country. “The KLF was engaged in killing of innocent persons and police officers, several bombings on civilian targets in India,collection of funds for terror activities through extortion, kidnappings, bank robberies, etc., and assassination attempts of important government functionaries, says the official circular. According to sources, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) gave detailed recommendations earlier to ban the organisation that came into existence in 1986 with the objective of establishing an independent Khalistan. A five-member KLF module was busted by the Punjab Police which resulted in resolving two cases relating to planting of IEDs in Nabha.
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