After 2014, when Indian security agencies contacted their Canadian counterparts with information regarding Khalistanis seeking refuge in Canada, Ottawa responded that they could not take intelligence from India because there was no institutionalised procedure in place and that intelligence was not proof.
The Indian NIA signed an MoU with the RCMP in 2020 in accordance with FBI-RCMP practise, but little changed as the Justin Trudeau administration continued to give Khalistanis a safe haven for vote-bank politics.
Concerns concerning the existence of a Khalistan terror network operating in Canada have recently been raised by recent discoveries by Indian intelligence. Several Canadian citizens are reportedly connected to the banned International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) and the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) according to the dossier provided by Indian authorities.
Gurjit Singh Cheema
Gurjit Singh Cheema, a 50-year-old Canadian citizen who is originally from Punjab, is reportedly an ISYF/KLF member who is actively connected to the “Singh Khalsa Sewa Club” in Toronto. Cheema is a truck driver that resides and works in Brampton, Ontario.
According to reports, Cheema travelled to India in 2017 to operationalize a module. He is accused of inspiring and radicalising Gurpreet Singh Brar and Sukhmanpreet Singh after arriving in India. The dossier also states that Sarabjit Singh was persuaded to enrol in the module by Cheema.
Cheema is also charged with providing money and locally manufactured pistols to members of the module in Punjab, both of which are alleged to have been utilised for terrorist actions. Cheema is said to have procured a weapon shipment from the other side of the border for members of the ISYF module in May 2017 with the aid of Pakistan-based Lakhvir Singh Rode and the late Harmeet Singh, aka PhD, a KLF agent.
Gurjinder Singh Pannu
Another person listed in the intelligence report is Canadian citizen Gurjinder Singh Pannu, 28. Pannu, an ISYF/KLF activist who currently resides in East Hamilton, Ontario, is connected to the “Singh Khalsa Sewa Club” in Toronto.
The dossier claims that Pannu gave money to ISYF module members in India in March 2017 so they could buy locally made weapons and carry out their operations. Additionally, he is charged with transferring money to Balkar Singh in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, in order to allow the shipment of locally produced weapons to module members in India.
Along with Gurjit Singh Cheema, Pannu is suspected of helping Pakistan-based Rode and PhD locate a weapon shipment from the other side of the border for ISYF module members in May 2017.
Gurpreet Singh Brar
One of the many pro-Khalistani individuals identified in the intelligence report is Gurpreet Singh Brar, a 38-year-old Canadian citizen with the passport number H1820001.
Cheema is another active member of the “Singh Khalsa Sewa Club,” which is where he currently resides in Surrey, British Columbia.
The information in the file suggests that Satpal Singh, who oversaw Brar and Cheema’s formation of the subclub “Singh Khalsa Sewa Club Dagru” in Punjab. Gurpreet Singh is accused of indoctrinating and inspiring people to engage in terrorist acts while he was in India in March 2016.
Gurpreet Singh is charged with giving orders to gather firearms, which were allegedly acquired from Cheema and other places. The members of the ISYF module in Punjab were supposed to utilise these weapons.