Khalistan Zindabad Force

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Khalistan Zindabad Force
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Dates of operation 1988-present
Leader(s) Ranjit Singh Neeta
Motives The creation of a Sikh independent state of Khalistan in Punjab, as well as some districts of neighboring states of India.
Active region(s) India
Ideology Sikh nationalism
Status Active[1]

The Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) is a militant group, and is part of the Khalistan movement to create a Sikh homeland called Khalistan via armed struggle. The group was designated as a terrorist organization by the Government of India[2] In addition, it was identified in 2005 as a terrorist organization by the EU.[citation needed]

Organization and activity[edit]

The Khalistan Zindabad Force is headed by Ranjit Singh Neeta, a native of Jammu & Kashmir.[1] He was listed among India's 20 most wanted persons in 2008.[3]

The strength and striking capabilities of the Khalistan Zindabad Force are currently unknown, but it is reported that attempts have been made for the Khalistan Zindabad Force and other militant groups from Kashmir to co-ordinate their efforts.[1] In December 2005 the European Union classified the Khalistan Zindabad Force as a terrorist organization, freezing its monetary assets throughout its 25 member countries.[4] The Khalistan Zindabad Force was reported to still be active in 2008.[1]

Claims[5][6] and denials [5] [7] of responsibility have been reported in the name of the Khalistan Zindabad Force for a May 2009 attack at the Gurdwara Nanaksar in Vienna, Austria, that left Rama Nand, a leader of the Dera Sach Khand dead, 17 injured,[8][9] and sparked riots across northern India.[10][11][12][13][14]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ranjit Singh Neeta (Khalistan Zindabad Force)". The Indian Express. December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ "NIA :: Banned Terrorist Organisations". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "10) Ranjit Singh Neeta". rediff.com. June 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  4. ^ http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2005/l_340/l_34020051223en00640066.pdf
  5. ^ a b "KZF takes responsibility for Vienna temple massacre". Austriantimes.at. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Sikh: Alarm vor Tag der offenen Tür in Wien" [Sikh: Alarm before "Open Day" in Vienna] (in German). Die Presse. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  7. ^ Sanjeev Singh Bariana (May 28, 2009). "KZF denies involvement in attack". The Tribune. Retrieved 2009-05-31. Anti-Sikh are being misled in the name of the KZF. The incident has taught the entire Sant Ravidass brotherhood a lesson. The KZF approves the killing of the Sant Ravidass brotherhood. 
  8. ^ "KZF takes responsibility for Vienna temple massacre – General News – Austrian Times". Austriantimes.at. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Suspects in Sikh temple attack identified: Austria - India - NEWS - The Times of India". The Times of India. 29 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  10. ^ "South Asia | Punjab riots after Vienna killing". BBC News. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  11. ^ "From Vienna To Jalandhar". www.outlookindia.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "Europe | Preacher dies after Vienna clash". BBC News. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  14. ^ "KZF claims responsibility for Vienna attack; Babbar Khalsa condemns killing". The Indian Government. Retrieved 10 February 2015.