In a significant development, Lakhbir Singh Rode, the self-proclaimed leader of banned outfits Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) and International Sikh Youth Federation, has reportedly passed away in Pakistan at the age of 72. The news was confirmed by his brother and former Akal Takht Jathedar, Jasbir Singh Rode.
Background and Escape
Lakhbir Singh, originally from the village Rode in Moga, initially fled to Dubai and later relocated to Pakistan while keeping his family in Canada. In 2002, India had submitted a list of 20 terrorists, including Lakhbir Singh, seeking their extradition from Pakistan.
A nephew of the slain Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Lakhbir Singh Rode was designated as an ‘individual terrorist’ under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UA(P)A). He had sought refuge in Pakistan after fleeing India.
Confirmation of Death
Jasbir Singh Rode, who also served as the Akal Takht Jathedar, officially confirmed the demise of Lakhbir Singh Rode. The announcement marks a significant development in the history of Khalistani separatism.
The death of Lakhbir Singh Rode raises questions about the future of the Khalistani movement and its remnants. The confirmation by his brother adds a layer of complexity to the historical context of Sikh militancy, leaving room for further analysis and discussion.
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