MHA designates Canada-based Khalistani gangster as terrorist

Goldy Brar

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday designated Canada-based gangster and member of the Khalistani group Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), Goldy Brar, as a terrorist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

According to an MHA notification, Brar, also known as Satinderjit Singh, was involved in multiple killings and had a radical ideology. He was also accused of making threatening calls to pro-nationalist leaders, demanding ransom, and posting the claims of killings on different social media platforms.

The notification said that Brar and his associates were “conspiring to disrupt the peace, communal harmony and law and order in the State of Punjab through nefarious designs including sabotage, the raising of terror modules, carrying out targeted killings, and other anti-national activities.”

The MHA said that the Central Government believed that Brar was involved in terrorism and that he was to be added as a terrorist in the Fourth Schedule to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, of 1967.

Goldy Brar is a Canada-based gangster and a member of the BKI, a banned Sikh separatist organization that seeks to create a sovereign state of Khalistan in Punjab.

Brar was the alleged mastermind behind the murder of Punjabi singer-politician Sidhu Moose Wala, who was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Chandigarh in June 2023. Brar had reportedly claimed responsibility for the killing on social media and had threatened to kill more pro-India leaders.

Brar was also among the 25 most wanted persons under the BOLO (Be on the Lookout) program of Canada, which offers rewards ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest of fugitives.

Goldy Brar

Brar, a native of Sri Muktsar Sahib in Punjab, had gone to Canada on a student visa in 2017 and had joined the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, a notorious criminal outfit involved in extortion, kidnapping, and murder cases in Punjab and Haryana.