Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF)

Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF)

Formation :

Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) was formed by Jagtar Singh Tara, a former Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) militant. Jagtar Singh was involved in the killing of the then Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Beant Singh on August 31, 1995. KTF was formed with the patronage of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).  KTF is one of the four militant groups besides BKI, KLF and KZF which are being used by ISI to revive violence in Punjab. 


Location of activity:

KTF is based out of Pakistan, it also has its sympathisers in France, Canada and Spain. 

Funding Sources and External Linkages:

KTF is one of Khalistani militant groups which receive general amount of funding from ISI. KCF ‘chief’ Paramjit Panjwar's former driver Rattandeep Singh Resham Singh is also a member of KTF. Jagtar Singh Tara, who was involved in the killing of Beant Singh was arrested in September 1995. However, he and two other accused escaped from Jail in January 2004 from Chandigarh’s Burail Jail. BKI members Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Bheora, co-accused in the Beant Singh killing, and Devi Singh, also escaped with him. Although Hawara and Paramjit were arrested, Jagtar Singh managed to cross over to Pakistan. Jagtar Singh later left Pakistan for Thailand on the pretext of getting married, although his real motive was to establish a training facility for Khalistani militants in Bangkok. During his stay in Bangkok, he met with ISI officials, France based KTF militant Purshotam Singh, Spain Jaswinder Singh and Canada-based pro-Khalistani identified as Hardeep Singh.  Jagtar Singh was arrested from Chonburi Province in Pattaya, Thailand in 2015. During interrogation, he had stated that ISI had shifted its training base for Khalistani militants from Pakistan to Thailand. KTF reportedly has some of its sympathisers in Germany and Thailand. KTF has had linkages with Jihadi groups such as Lashkar e Toiba (LeT). In 2014, KTF and LeT had plotted to airdrop four LeT militants into Pathankot in Punjab using an air glider. Jagtar Singh had ordered a glider from Germany. However, the glider developed technical glitches and the plan was unsuccessful. 

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Modus Operandi:

KTF has been attempting to carryout explosions and armed attacks in Punjab. Additionally, they have also tried to target VIPs and facilitate attacks by Pakistan-based Jihadi elements in Punjab. 

Leadership & Key Figures:

UK based: Paramjit Singh based in Birmingham, Baljeet Singh Gill based in London, Sarabjit Singh residing in London, and Sarabjit Singh Banur based in London,

US based: Kulwant Singh

France based: Parshotam Singh Pamma

Spain based: Jaswinder Singh