Khalistani terrorist Lakhbir Singh Rode, chief of banned organizations International Sikh Youth Federation and Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), who was based in Pakistan, died in the neighboring country following a cardiac arrest.
Lakhbir was among India’s ‘most wanted‘ men and the nephew of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The 72-year-old, who was the brain of the Khalistani separatist movement, had fled to Pakistan after Bhindranwale’s death and settled down in Lahore.
Lakhbir was listed as an `individual terrorist’ under the UAPA as he was accused in the 1985 Kanishka bombing of the Air India plane.
Jasbir Singh Rode, brother of Lakhbir Singh
Khalistani terrorist Lakhbir Singh Rode dies of heart attack in Pakistan
The 72-year-old, who was the brain of the Khalistani separatist movement, had fled to Pakistan after Bhindranwale’s death and settled down in Lahore.
Lakhbir was among India’s ‘most wanted’ men and the nephew of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. The 72-year-old, who was the brain of the Khalistani separatist movement, had fled to Pakistan after Bhindranwale’s death and settled down in Lahore.
Lakhbir was listed as an `individual terrorist’ under the UAPA as he was accused in the 1985 Kanishka bombing of the Air India plane.A nephew of slain Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Lakhbir Singh was listed as an ‘individual terrorist’ under the UA(P)A and had fled to Pakistan. Lakhbir Singh’s brother and former Akal Takht Jathedar Jasbir Singh Rode confirmed his death.
“We have been informed by the son of my brother Lakhbir Singh Rode that he died of heart attack in Pakistan and has been cremated there. He was highly diabetic. His two sons, a daughter and wife live in Canada.
The court order dated October 5 stemmed from a case registered by the NIA in Delhi on October 1, 2021, which pertains to multiple charges, including Sections 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Explosive Substances Act, 1908, Sections 16, 17, 18, 18B, 20, 38, and 39 of the UA(P)A Act, 1967; Sections 21B, 27A, and 29 of the NDPS Act, 1985, and Section 120B of the IPC.
This case involves a tiffin bomb blast that occurred on September 15, 2021, around 7:57 pm, near Punjab National Bank, Jalalabad town in Fazilka district, Punjab. The NIA probe revealed that Lakhbir Singh had masterminded the whole conspiracy in collusion with his Pakistan-based masters. He had also played a key role in sending consignments of arms, ammunition, custom-made tiffin bombs, grenades, explosives as well as drugs, to carry out terrorist acts, particularly bomb blasts, to instill fear and terror among the people of Punjab, the NIA had earlier said
Jasbir Singh Rode, the brother of Lakhbir Singh, has confirmed his death in Pakistan. He said his brother had already been cremated in Pakistan on Monday.
“We have been informed by our brother’s son, who lives in Canada, that his father died of a heart attack in Pakistan on December 2. He must have been cremated over there. But we have no confirmation about it. Lakhbir was diabetic, had recently undergone bypass surgery, and had been not keeping well for the past fortnight,’’ said Jasbir.
Lakbir Singh, who hails from Rode village in the Moga district of the state, initially fled to Dubai but later moved to Pakistan, but his family was staying in Canada.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has also declared him the mastermind behind the 2021 Ludhiana court complex blast. He was charged with smuggling improvised explosive devices into India from Pakistan to trigger explosions across Punjab. Some time back, the special court of the NIA in Mohali ordered the confiscation of land at Kothe Gurupura village near Smalsar in Baghapurana tehsil of Moga district belonging to Rode.
In 2002, India submitted a list of 20 terrorists demanding their extradition from Pakistan, and his name figured in that. ISYF was founded in 1984 and is quite active in Canada and the UK. ISYF also has links with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He worked closely with the Pakistan-based ISI to disrupt peace in India. Also, the killing of Shaurya Chakra awardee Comrade Balwinder Singh in 2020 was planned by Lakhbir, said sources.
Sources said that on March 22, 2002, ISYF was banned under the Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA) in India.