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Centre declares 9 wanted men as ‘terrorist’ under UAPA

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The central government on Wednesday declared nine terrorists, including Gurpatwant Singh Pannun of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) as designated terrorists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

US-based Pannun has been lately running a campaign against India and motivating Sikh youngsters in his home state Punjab to join militancy.

The others designated as individual terrorists under UAPA include Paramjit Singh and Wadhawa Singh Babbar of Babbar Khalsa International; Hardeep Singh Nijjar of Khalistan Tiger Force; and Gurmit Singh Bagga, Bhupinder Singh Bhinda and Ranjit Singh of Khalistan Zindabad Force. The list also includes Lakhbir Singh of International Sikh Youth Federation and Paramjit Singh of Babbar Khalsa International.

Last September, the first four terrorists to be declared as individual terrorists under the changed provisions of UAPA were – Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim. With Wednesday’s listing, the total number of people declared individual terrorists now stand at 13.

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