New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrived in London today to probe the attack on the Indian High Commission building in the UK following a crackdown against Pro-Khalistani activist Amritpal Singh in India.
A 5-member team of NIA will investigate the insult against the tricolor. They will be eyeing Amritpal Singh’s handlers Avtar Singh Khanda, Gurcharan Singh and Jasvir Singh, officials said.
In fact, on March 19, 2023, an FIR was registered with the Delhi Police in connection with the attack on the Indian High Commission in London. But on March 23, 2023, the case was taken over by the NIA.
The NIA team will reach the Indian High Commission during this visit. Information like details of the incident on March 19, CCTV footage etc. will be collected there.
Apart from this, there will also be a visit to the crime scene and statements of two employees who were injured besides the High Commission staff will also be taken.
The NIA is probing the chain of events following Amritpal Singh’s arrest. This includes the incident in the UK, a conspiracy hatched by pro-Khalistan groups operating on foreign soil to destabilise Punjab and create unrest in the country.
Avtar Singh Khanda, Gurcharan Singh and Jasvir Singh have been named as prime suspects in the Delhi Police FIR. The Union Home Ministry has handed over the case to the NIA. Investigations conducted by the NIA and various agencies have revealed that Khanda is the brain and handler behind Amritpal. He has links with pro-Khalistan organisations operating in different countries.
Khanda is reportedly an asylum seeker in the UK and over the years has forged links with Khalistani terrorists Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh Pamma of Babbar Khalsa International.
He is taking the guise of raising issues of human rights violations, but he has been instrumental in radicalising the youth, providing training and pushing them like Amritpal, officials said.