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Philippines extradites alleged Sikh separatists to India

More militant group members are expected to stay in the nation after March saw the arrest of Indian suspects in the Philippines.

A government official said on Friday that the Philippines had deported two Indian nationals who were thought to be part of an outlawed Sikh separatist organization.
In March, Philippine officials detained three Indian men believed to be members of the Khalistan Tiger Force, a ferocious organization fighting for an independent Sikh state called Khalistan. The international police organization Interpol published a red alert that included their names.
They were in the country at the same time as a large search for Amritpal Singh, a Sikh preacher who earlier this year reignited calls for the creation of Khalistan in the Punjab region of northern India, a region with a violent insurgent past.
Singh was detained towards the end of April.
According to the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center, the KTF members arrested in the Philippines were accused of murder and entered the nation using phony passports.
Two Indian nationals who are believed to be members of the terrorist group Khalistan Tiger Force were deported Friday night despite a desperate attempt to flee, according to a statement from the CICC.
In addition, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, and the police attache of the Indian Embassy in Manila accompanied the men onto a Thai Airways aircraft from Manila to New Delhi via Bangkok.
The third KTF suspect stayed in the Philippines because he was still being tried for extortion, according to Alexander Ramos, executive director of the CICC, who spoke to Arab News.
There are probably more militant organization members in the nation of Southeast Asia. They are still at large, says Ramos.
He said, “There are still members of the gang throughout the nation. They entered the nation using false identities, so we are first determining who they really are.
In India, the Khalistan movement is forbidden. From the middle of the 1980s until the middle of the 1990s, it waged an armed campaign that sparked a contentious military operation that claimed the lives of hundreds of people.

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