Avtar Singh Khanda, the main accused of the March 19 attack on the Indian High Commission in London, reportedly died in Sandwell Hospital in Birmingham, UK. Khanda, also known as Ranjodh Singh, was the self-styled chief of the designated terror outfit Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF). The attack on the Indian High Commission involved a pro-Khalistan protester scaling the balcony and removing the Indian flag. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is currently investigating the case and has released photos of suspects and CCTV footage. Avtar Singh Khanda died today after being admitted to the Sandwell and West Birmingham hospital two weeks ago due to blood cancer.
Background and Investigation
Avtar Singh Khanda, also known as Ranjodh Singh, sought political asylum in the United Kingdom. He played a key role in radicalizing Sikh youth towards the separatist movement for an independent Sikh nation called ‘Khalistan.’ Khanda’s father was a KLF terrorist who was killed by security forces in 1991, and his mother was related to another KLF terrorist, Gurjant Singh Budhsingwala, with strong connections to the Pakistani deep state. Khanda entered the UK on a student visa and became associated with separatist groups operating in key gurudwaras in the country. These places are allegedly managed by Khalistani supporters to collect funds in the name of human rights violations against the Sikh community in India.
NIA Investigation and Suspects
The NIA has identified Avtar Singh Khanda and three other separatists as the main accused in the orchestrated protest at the London High Commission on March 19, where the Indian flag was insulted. The agency has released photos of the suspects and CCTV footage, appealing to the public for any information. The NIA took over the case from the special cell of the Delhi Police, which had registered a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. The NIA’s involvement was based on amendments to the law governing the anti-terror probe organization in 2019, granting it the authority to investigate terror cases that occur outside India. The decision to transfer the case was made after a meeting between Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and representatives of the British government.
Avtar Singh Khanda, the main accused in the March 19 attack on the Indian High Commission in London, has passed away due to blood cancer. Khanda, also known as Ranjodh Singh, was associated with the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and played a role in radicalizing Sikh youth towards the separatist movement for an independent Sikh nation. The NIA is currently investigating the case and has identified Khanda and three other separatists as the main accused. The NIA has released photos of the suspects and CCTV footage, urging the public to provide any information related to the attack.
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