Pro-Khalistani leader Harmeet Singh allegedly shot dead in Pakistan

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Lahore: A top leader of a pro-Khalistan outfit, wanted in India, has been shot dead by two unidentified attackers outside a gurdwara near the Wagah Border, a police source said Tuesday.

Harmeet Singh alias ‘Happy PhD’, a leader of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), was killed Tuesday near Dera Chahal Gurdwara on the outskirts of Lahore, the source said.

Harmeet, who hailed from Amritsar and was allegedly involved in the murder of RSS leaders in Punjab in 2016-2017, was among eight Khalistan-linked terrorists against whom the Interpol had issued ‘red notices’ last year.

No FIR has been registered over Harmeet’s murder. “We have been asked not to pursue this case. Therefore, no FIR has been registered in the murder of Harmeet Singh,” the source said.

The law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the area near the gurdwara in Burki and no one including journalists are allowed to visit there. The source said the body has not been shifted to any of the Lahore’s morgue for autopsy.

Asked about the murder, a police spokesperson, however, expressed his ignorance over it. ‘We have no knowledge of such incident,” he said.

The Pakistani media also did not report a word on the killing of Harmeet apparently because of the sensitivity attached to the matter.

There are reports that Harmeet was shot dead by a local gang over financial disputes related to drug smuggling. He had a degree of doctorate that earned him the alias ‘PhD’.

PTI

 

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