No proof of Sikh militant group base in Malaysia

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 05:50 hrs

The Malaysian government has denied a report from India that a Sikh militant group has set up a base outside the national capital and that at least four militants were hiding there.

There is no evidence to support a claim by the Punjab Police that the Sikh separatist group Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) has set up base outside Kuala Lumpur, a senior police officer said Wednesday.

'We can confirm there is no such group based here,' Federal Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terror-ism) department director Commissioner Mohamed Fuzi Harun said in a press statement.

He added the police kept close contact with their counterparts throughout the world to monitor militant activities, The Star reported.

Malaysia is home to 100,000 Sikhs who are part of a larger 1.7 million strong Indian diaspora.

A media report from New Delhi Wednesday stated that Punjab Police believed KLF had set up base outside Kuala Lumpur with at least four of its members hiding in Malaysia.

Information on the KLF base in Malaysia was obtained following the arrest of a suspected militant in Punjab Monday.

Intelligence agencies suspect that Sikh militants based outside Punjab are preparing to create mayhem in New Delhi before the Commonwealth Games in October, the report from India said.