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NEW YORK: A member of two pro-Khalistan outfits Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) has been arrested from Reno in Nevada state for conspiring to provide material support to terrorist groups in India and Pakistan.
Balwinder Singh, 39, who entered the US illegally, has been charged with conspiracy to murder and kidnap, provide material support to terrorists, making a false statement on his immigration documents, use of an immigration document procured by fraud, and unlawful production of an identification document.
Balwinder Singh, who has been identified as a member of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), will appear in court on Friday for formal arraignment.
A statement by the US Department of Justice said, “After an extensive investigation, the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force of Northern Nevada has disrupted an individual’s involvement in facilitation activities in support of a foreign terrorist organization, targeting an ally of the United States.’’
According to the indictment, Balwinder Singh fled India and claimed asylum in the US where he managed to get a permanent resident card fraudulently so that he could travel to India to further his terror plans without being suspected by Indian authorities.
Singh communicated with other co-conspirators by telephone while he was in the United States to discuss acts of terrorism to be carried out in India, the statement said.
Singh also allegedly sent money from Reno, Nevada, to co-conspirators in India to buy weapons to carry out acts of terrorism in India.
Using US documents, Singh traveled to Pakistan, India, and other countries to meet with co-conspirators to plot acts of terrorism in India. He also allegedly provided advice to co-conspirators about how to carry out acts of terrorism.
If convicted, he faces life sentence and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.