Chandigarh, January 30: The reasons behind AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal's focus on Punjab after his not so impactful governance in Delhi, is being unearthed. Shockingly, the AAP chief's alleged connection with Khalistani militancy is being rumoured behind the choice of Punjab and full focus on the state. Media repots say that AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal is campaigning in Punjab ahead of February 4 assembly elections, secretly arrived in Moga on Saturday night after addressing a rally in Zira and stayed for the night in the house of an acquitted Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) militant Gurinder Singh, according to top police sources.
Police records say that Gurinder Singh, native of Moga's Ghal Kalan village, is at present living in England. He gave his house on lease to his Canada-based friend Satnam Singh before leaving to England about six months back. The ex-militant was allegedly a module of the KCF, which in 1997 had triggered a blast near a temple in Mandi Mustafa locality of Baghapurana of Moga district. The trial court had acquitted Gurinder in this case.
Moga station house officer Rajinderpal Singh confirmed that Kejriwal stayed in the house and left on Sunday morning.
Similarly, there are reports that the "Pro Kahlistan' slogans are being raised in AAP rallies in Punjab.
Hastag #ISIKejriNexus and #ISIKaKejriwal have become the top trends on tweeter.
One tweet warns Punjab quoting Former DG of ISI @GeneralHamidGul said "if you want Khalistan then support AAP Shame on you AAP".
The BJP and the Congress has been attacking Kejriwal for his unholy nexus with the terrorists to fight a mere election.
Sukhbir Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief said addressing a rally that - "By staying overnight in the house of a former militant, Kejriwal has again proved that he is ready to cross any limit to capture power in Punjab." Sukhbir, who is also home minister, said that AAP hugging with radicals was a "dangerous signal for peace in Punjab."
Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh said: "Kejriwal’s AAP is a dangerous mix of extreme left and right ideologies that could plunge Punjab back into terrorism." Amarinder, who has directly accused some Canadian ministers of “Khalistan leanings” for stalling his programme, said an inquiry into funding of AAP will establish the “link” and explain frequent tours of some Punjab AAP leaders to North America.
Refusing to name the ministers, he said it is well known that some ministers of the Justin Trudeau government have World Sikh Organisation (WSO) background. “The WSO was the umbrella for Khalistanis abroad. The Government of India needs to find out through its intelligence agencies, who is funding AAP. The way AAP leaders sprung to defence of these Canadian ministers betrays their links. First, the Khalistanis abroad funded Simranjit Singh Mann and now they are supporting AAP which is why the party (AAP) is so aggressive in taking up cudgels for them,” Amarinder told an indian newspaper. He added that the AAP should also come clean on its funding, he added.
However, the Aam Adami Party has denied that Kejriwal stayed in the house of a former militant. AAP twitter says that the allegations by SAD are baseless and malicious propaganda against Kejriwal.
AAP says that rattled by imminent defeat, Sukhbir and Captain trying to divert issues. Party statement on twitter says that the owner of the house in which Kejriwal stayed for night is nowhere related to terrorism or any illegal activity.
But Kejriwal's move to reach out to Khalistani radicals has already raised hackles.
In the first week of January, the AAP supremo had visited house of Akhand Kirtni Jatha, which is considered a political front of Babbar Khalsa International. "Kejriwal had breakfast with Akhand Kirtni Jatha the political front of BKI, the biggest terrorist organisation… He had dinner with the three ‘jathedars’ appointed by the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ that declared Khalistan," the SAD chief had said, the accusation AAP didn't refuted.
Intelligence inputs available with the Indian government have already indicated that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency is using Sikh extremists in Canada for pro-Khalistan and anti-India activities.
ISI has been supporting several anti-India groups and is involved in instigating terror organizations in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is reported that, the Khalistani groups have been asked to contact Kashmiris and Pakistanis for anti-India protests.The arrest of Khalistan Tiger Force chief Jagtar Singh Tara in January 2015 in Thailand had exposed ISI's role. Tara's questioning had revealed the role of ISI-backed terror syndicate in Thailand. He is accused in the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh and has fled from Punjab's Chandigarh's Burail Model jail in January 2004.