By Staff Writer
Ranjeet Singh Neeta, Chief of Khalistan Zindabad Force, a militant group in Pakistan fighting for separate land for Sikhs, has been killed by Pakistan authorities in February this year, according to officials sources.
However, none of the media in Pakistan has reported this. The government has been able to bury this news fearing backlash from Sikh militants who have been getting support from the Pakistan government. Sources suggest that Ranjeet Singh was the second victim of Pakistan government’s strategically planned attempt to get rid of Khalistanis.
“Khalistan movement is not useful anymore. The government was supporting them in the hope of Referundum 2020 which could unite them against India but it never happened. And now the movement is brining only bad name to the country without anything in return, hence, the officials have decided to get rid of them,” said a senior secretary level officer in Pakistan’s Defence ministry.
Last year in January 2020, another Khalistani militant Harmeet Singh, chief of a terrorist group Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), was killed by Pakistani armed forces in a shoot-out near Gurudwara in Lahore. ISI was using him to revive Khalistan movement, and to carry out Hindu ethnic cleansing in Punjab. “Harmeet Singh had become a liability to the Pakistan government and they had to get rid of him,” said the Defence official.
The trigger was Harmeet getting involved with a Muslim woman who was relative of one of his associates. Since Harmeet had close relations with ISI, he was expecting a helping hand from them but he had crossed the red line. ISI decided to stick to their no-interference policy when Harmeet, a Sikh, got involved with a Muslim woman.
Like Harmeet Singh, Ranjeet Singh was wanted in multiple cases of terrorism in India. The latest was in March 2020. In early 90’s he was arrested for attempting to place a bomb in Gurudwara Tall Saheb in Jammu. Again in 1993 he was arrested by Maharashtra police but escaped the custody in 1995. Later he went to Pakistan in 1996 via Nepal and was operating from there since then.
Ranjeet Singh’s name was liked to various attacks of terrorism including explosions in Jhelum express, in roadway busses in Pathankot, Shalimar express, Puja Express, Sialdah Express and several bomb blast in different part of the city. He was also in the wanted list of India’s investigating agency National Investigating Agency for smuggling of arms and ammunitions, explosive and communication devices across border to India through courier and drones.
Ranjeet Singh had worked closely with Harmeet Singh. He was called Happy PhD by his associates as he was a PhD candidate of religious studies at Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, just before he fled to Pakistan.
Harmeet’s name has popped up in many murders, cross-border drug deals and grenade attacks across Punjab, which includes attack on Amritsar’s Rajasansi religious congregation, which killed 3 people. He also had a red corner notice issued against him by Interpol. All of it started in 2008, when Punjab police had registered an FIR against Harmeet Singh for the first time for he was operating a Khalistani module in Punjab. Police busted his plan, and seized a war store of–AK rifles, pistols, 900 cartridges, $35,000 fake currency and 25 Kg of Heroin.
Investigation by police found out that Harmeet was getting Hawala funds from Canada, Middle-East and European countries like England, Germany and Italy.
Harmeet had been ISI’s bridge between terrorist organizations in Kashmir and Khalistani groups. The strategy of ISI was to transform Punjab into another Kashmir, from where Hindus were ousted. Hinduism is professed by the majority population in India, if Hindus will be pushed out of Indian state of Punjab, entities of Pakistani would be able have a hold in the state, just like they did in Kashmir, which was turned into an ethnically homogenous state in late 1980’s.