KUALA LUMPUR – Police confirmed that a Sikh terrorist suspect who is a member of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) had been arrested in Johor Baru two weeks ago.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic), in a statement released yesterday, said the 36-year-old suspect, who was nabbed by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division on Oct 24, was deported to India on Wednesday.
Khalid, who attributed the success to cooperation with Indian authorities, said the suspect had entered Malaysia using a fake Nepalese passport.
The arrest of the suspect brings the total of Sikh terrorists caught by police here since 2009 to six, Khalid said.
The suspect, whom he did not name, is said to be an accomplice of KTF leader Jagtar Singh Tara, who is still at large and believed to be hiding in a Southeast Asian country.
The KTF is held responsible by Indian authorities for the assassination of Punjab politician Rulda Singh in July 2009 and former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in 1995.
The group, which has been actively operating in India and Pakistan, is also held responsible for a series of bomb attacks in Punjab in April 2010.
After Rulda’s murder, Jagtar and several accomplices fled from Punjab and hid in several countries, including Nepal and Thailand, before entering Malaysia, Khalid said.
“Together with international police forces, we are still hunting for Jagtar, who is believed to be in hiding in a Southeast Asian country.”
Jagtar Singh hogged the limelight in 2004 when he escaped from a maximum security jail at Burail in India, along with two other Sikh prisoners by digging a 30m tunnel with their bare hands.
In the past two weeks, security authorities in Thailand have been actively on the hunt for Jagtar who is believed to have entered Bangkok through Suvarnabhumi Airport on a tourist visa.
After failing to find him in the Lat Krabang area where he was believed to have gone, Thai authorities have beefed up checks in the southern border provinces especially Sungai Golok border checkpoint as they believed he could be heading for Malaysia. – Bernama