The dossier reveals Canadian nationals’ affiliations to prohibited groups, as well as their activities and weapon purchases for terrorist purposes.
When Indian security agencies approached their Canadian counterparts after 2014 with information regarding Khalistanis seeking refuge in their nation, Ottawa stated that there was no institutionalized procedure in place and that intelligence was not evidence. The Indian NIA signed an MoU with the RCMP in 2020, in accordance with FBI-RCMP policy, but little changed as the Justin Trudeau administration continued to grant safe haven to Khalistanis for vote bank politics.
Recent Indian intelligence discoveries have raised worries about the presence of a Khalistan terror network operating in Canada. The dossier, released by Indian officials, names several Canadian citizens who are allegedly associated with the banned International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) and the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF).
Gurjit Singh Cheema
Gurjit Singh Cheema, a 50-year-old Canadian national hailing from Punjab, is an ISYF/KLF member engaged in the ‘Singh Khalsa Sewa Club’ in Toronto, according to Indian intelligence. Cheema presently works as a truck driver in Brampton, Ontario.
Cheema’s trip to India in 2017 is claimed to have been for the purpose of putting a module into operation. He is accused of motivating and radicalizing Gurpreet Singh Brar and Sukhmanpreet Singh upon his arrival in India. Cheema also enticed Sarabjit Singh to join the module, according to the report.
Cheema is also suspected of obtaining locally manufactured pistols and finances for module members in Punjab, which were allegedly utilized for terrorist acts. Cheema is accused of sourcing a firearm consignment from across the border in May 2017 with the help of Pakistan-based Lakhvir Singh Rode and the late Harmeet Singh, aka PhD, a KLF employee.
Gurjinder Singh Pannu
Gurjinder Singh Pannu, a 28-year-old Canadian national, is also named in the intelligence report. Pannu lives in East Hamilton, Ontario, and is an ISYF/KLF activist who is involved with the ‘Singh Khalsa Sewa Club’ in Toronto.
According to the document, Pannu is accused of providing finances to ISYF module members in India in March 2017 for the purchase of locally manufactured weapons and the operationalization of their actions. He is also accused of providing money to a man named Balkar Singh in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, in order to facilitate the supply of locally manufactured firearms to module members in India.
Pannu, like Gurjit Singh Cheema, is accused of helping to source a weapon consignment from across the border for ISYF module members in May 2017, with the help of Pakistan-based Rode and PhD.
Gurpreet Singh Brar is an Indian businessman.
Gurpreet Singh Brar, a 38-year-old Canadian national with Canadian passport number H1820001, is one of numerous pro-Khalistani elements named in the intelligence report. He now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, and is a member of the ‘Singh Khalsa Sewa Club,’ which also includes Cheema.
According to the dossier, Brar and Cheema were involved in the formation of a sub-club in Punjab called “Singh Khalsa Sewa Club Dagru” under the leadership of Satpal Singh. During his March 2016 journey to India, Gurpreet Singh is accused of indoctrinating and motivating persons to engage in terrorist acts.
Gurpreet Singh is accused of directing individuals to collect firearms received from a variety of sources, including Cheema and others. These guns were designed for ISYF module members in Punjab to utilise.