Navneet Singh Khadian

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Navneet Singh Qadian

Navneet Singh Khadian alias Navneet Singh Kadian alias Navneet Singh Quadian alias Pal was a member of the Sikh Guerrilla group Khalistan Liberation Force. He was born in 1970 to a middle-class family.

Education

He joined the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Bidar in the South Indian state of Karnataka to further his studies.

How he was affected by his surroundings

During Anti-Sikh Riots of Bidar on September 14 - 16 of 1988, Hindu mobs attacked the Sikh students and other Sikh civilians, Sikh properties and killed at least 6 Sikh students, injured about 100 and burnt several Sikh properties.[1][2][3] [4]. As per Human Rights Watchdog, the communal chauvinists ran amuck and innocent students and persons belonging to the Sikh community were subjected to untold miseries during these riots. Affected by this incident, he went back to Punjab and enrolled at the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India. This was the period when thousands of Khalistan suspects were being killed in staged shootouts and thousands of bodies were being cremated and/or disposed without proper identification or post-mortems by Government Security Forces in Punjab. [5][6][7][8]. Several Sikh women were reportedly being gang-raped and molested by Indian security forces during house to house searches. Villagers' properties were being looted and the ransacking of the entire villages was happening.[9][10].

Joining the Khalistan movement

He joined the Khalistan Liberation Force and took part in several high profile guerrilla attacks on Anti-Khalistan/Pro-Indian political and security officials.

Major successes

According the records of Designated Court-I, New Delhi, to the in Sessions Case No.4 of 2000, Navneet Singh was wanted in connection to a Bomb Blast case, which happened in the year 1991, that was meant to kill Mr. Sumedh Saini, Senior Superintendent of Police Chandigarh in which SSP Saini and 13 other officers from the Punjab Police and the Central Reserve Police Force were injured.[11]

He had also planned and executed a high profile bomb attack on the President of Indian Youth Congress (I), Maninderjit Singh Bitta in New Delhi on September 11th 1993. Per these court records, On 2nd September, 1993, Navneet Singh Kadian along with Kuldeep Singh Keepa conducted the tour of the office of MS Bitta at 5, Rai Sina Road, New Delhi. They made two failed attempts on 6th and 9th of september, 1993. On 6th September, 1993, their Bomb explosion mechanism did not work and they could not trigger the blast. On 9th September, 1993, MS Bitta did not come to the office.

Finally they triggered the blast, of 40 Kg of RDX, on September 11th, 1993. The other high profile militants involved in this attack were Khalistan Liberation Force chief, Kuldeep Singh Keepa Shekhupura, Pawan Kumar alias Chajju, Mr Charni, Harnaik Singh alias Chotu, Mr. Daya Singh Lahoria, Mr. Sukha alias Sangatpuria and Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, alias Deepak, who was later extradited to India from West Germany and who is currently on a deathrow in Tihar Jail, Delhi.

Navneet Singh’s associates were also involved in the abduction of a Romanian diplomat Liviu Radu in the year of 1992[12] to publicize their cause at the world level. Mr Radu was not harmed and was released later.

Navneet Singh took over the command of the Khalistan Liberation Force after the death of Mr. Kuldeep Singh Keepa Shekhupura. Navneet Singh along with Daya Singh Lahoria, Mr. Lahoria’s wife Mrs. Suman Sood alias Kanwaljeet Kaur and Harnek Singh were involved in the kidnapping of Congress (I) leader Ram Niwas Mirdha's son Rajinder Mirdha in 1995, in an attempt to force the Indian Government to release his associate Devenderpal Singh Bhullar, alias Deepak, from its custody. Mr Mirdha was kidnapped from a residential colony on February 17, 1995[13][14]

Eventual martyrdom

Martyered

Navneet was martyred in a shootout with Police on 25th February, 1994 when Police attacked a newly built house on the outskirts of Jaipur, Rajasthan in an effort to free Mr. Rajendra Mirdha from Khalistan Liberation Force’s custody.[15]However Mr. Lahoriya, his wife, and another Militant Harnek Singh Bhup/Bhap managed to flee from the scene.[16][17][18].

After Navneet Singh's death, Mr. Lahoria became the chief of the Khalistan Liberation Force. He was arrested in 1995 at the Minneapolis Airport, Minnesota, USA and was extradited to India where he was handed a life sentence which he is serving in the High Security jail at Nabha, Punjab, India[19][20]

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