Update to Response to Information Request IND3838 of 20 February 1990 on the Babbar Khalsa [IND19005.E]

The attached articles provide information on a variety of issues pertaining to the Babbar Khalsa during the period 1990 to 1994. They include the arrest of a Babbar Khalsa leader, the killing of leaders and members of the group in the course of gun battles with Indian security forces, the murder of the relatives of police officers by Babbar Khalsa militants, the bombing of a Hindu religious ceremony by the group, the surrender of the British-based organizer of the group to the Punjabi chief minister, the seizure of arms from Babbar Khalsa members by Indian police and the alleged involvement of the group in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Agence France Presse (AFP). 8 November 1993. "Police Seize Anti-aircraft Guns from Sikh Militant." (NEXIS)

Air Safety Week. 26 October 1992. "Indian Police Report Killing Alleged 'Mastermind' of Air India Bombing." (NEXIS)

BBC Summary of World Broadcasts. 25 January 1994. "Punjab: 'Top' Babbar Khalsa Militant Killed." (NEXIS)

. 23 August 1993. "Babbar Khalsa Activist Captured in Punjab." (NEXIS)

. 26 November 1992. "'Return of Peace' in Punjab." (NEXIS)

Chicago Tribune. 10 August 1992. Final Edition. "3rd Sikh Leader Killed in Less than Two Weeks." (NEXIS)

The Guardian [London]. 19 August 1992. Derek Brown. "Killings Continue Despite Sikh Terror 'Breakthrough'." (NEXIS)

Los Angeles Times. 4 April 1990. Southland Edition. "Sikh Group Bombs Hindu Parade; 32 Die." (NEXIS)

The New York Times. 11 August 1992. Final Edition. "26 Relatives of Police Slain in Punjab Separatist Strife." (NEXIS)

Reuters. 15 November 1992. BC Cycle. "Two Top Sikh Separatists Killed in Punjab." (NEXIS)

The Times [London]. 11 August 1992. "Sikh Revenge." (NEXIS)