Six Kashmiri outfits on US terrorist list
30 April 2004
The Daily Times
New Delhi: The United States has added two Indian communist rebel groups and two Sikh militant groups to its list of terrorist organizations whose members can be denied entry or deported from America, the US Embassy said on Friday. The two communist groups, active in four south and east Indian states, are the Maoist Communist Centre of India and the People's War. The guerrilla groups, inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, mostly target rich landowners and police, accusing them of colluding in the exploitation of farmers and rural labourers. They stage almost daily attacks in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Bihar states. The banned Sikh organisations, Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation, have been largely dormant in India since an uprising in the 1980s aimed at separating the Sikh-majority Punjab state from mostly Hindu India. The Indian government has claimed that US-based members of the organisations have been raising funds there. The US State Department's terrorist list already includes six militant groups fighting in Kashmir, the embassy said. They are Al-Badr Mujahedeen, Harkat-ul Jehad-e-Islami, Hezb-ul Mujahedeen and Jamiat-ul Mujahedeen, and the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen, Jaish-e- Mohammed, and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. Pakistan and India have abided by a cease-fire since November, but militant groups continue to attack security forces and civilians in India's portion. Several of the groups threatened to kill anyone participating in the ongoing Indian parliamentary elections and at least three dozen candidates, party workers, voters, polling agents and guards have died since January.