the murder of Maj. Gen. P.N. Kumar (retired), Chairman of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), in Chandigarh in 1988; the killing of 19 students at Thapar Engineering College in Patiala in 1989; And the kidnapping and murder of Rajan Baines, son of the then SSP Batala Gobind Ram in 1989 are some of the crimes for which Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) Chief Paramjit Singh Panwar was wanted by the Punjab Police.

Unidentified gunmen in Najwar, 63, were killed on Saturday by unknown gunmen While he was on a morning walk near his residence in Lahore, Pakistan. He was designated as a terrorist by India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in July 2020.

Senior Punjab police officials who were at the forefront of the fight against militancy in the late 1980s and mid-1990s pointed to the crimes carried out by the KAF, led by Bangwar.

Major General Kumar was shot dead outside his residence in Sector 35 of Chandigarh. The students killed at Thapar Engineering School by College in Patiala were sleeping in a dormitory and had come from various colleges in the area to attend a youth festival. Gobind’s son Ram was killed in retaliation for the activities of the SSP who was accused of using extrajudicial methods in suppressing militants in his district.

“At that time, families of police officials were targeted and the killing of Gobind Ram’s sons by KCF was one of such chain of events. Two years earlier, in 1986, Raj Kishen Bedi’s son was killed in the DSP party in Ludhiana. A senior police officer who did not want to His name was not revealed but he was an SP during the militancy years,” another SP son was also kidnapped.

A senior police official who had served in several areas affected by militancy in the late 1980s stated that 10 Rai Sikhs (Sikh community) were also killed in Ferozepur during that time.

A former Punjab police officer, who handled intelligence and counter-intelligence on duty, said it was proven that Panjwar was funded by sleeper agents of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Western countries, including the USA. .

“Bangwar, based in Lahore, has been getting funds in a crooked way from the ISI from the US and this information has been passed on to us by the FBI. to the arrest of ISI sleeper agent Khaled Awan in New York in the early 2000s.

A joint FBI-led intelligence operation resulted in the breach of the syndicate led by Banguar, New York.
Khalid Awan had confessed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about his role in financing KCF and his direct ties to Panjwar. He was encouraged to make phone calls to Bangwar and his ISI handler on an open line from the prison where he was being held in New York and all these calls were recorded. Khaled Awan was described as a “Khamush Mujahid,” or silent warrior, in a case, the ISI officer said. Khalistan.

Khalid learned that he transferred US$60,000 to $70,000 to Panjwar and told US interrogators that he knew the money would “be used for bad things…shooting and killing innocent people…in India”. In the end, an American court sentenced Khaled Awan to 14 years in prison for promoting terrorist activities in India.

According to Punjab police officials, Panjwar was arranging weapons training for young Sikhs in Pakistan and remained engaged in the supply of arms and ammunition and subsequent infiltration into India to target VIPs and economic facilities.


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