The Hush Post| 9:45 am|one-minute-read|
A top Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) leader Harmeet Singh aka Happy PhD was killed by a local gang in Lahore, Pakistan over financial disputes. The dispute arose as a result of drug smuggling, it is believed.
Harmeet Singh Happy PhD, who was also allegedly involved in the murders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders in Punjab in 2016-2017, was killed at the Dera Chahal gurdwara near Lahore on Monday evening.
He was wanted in India in several cases. He allegedly indulged in the smuggling of weapons and drugs from Pakistan.
Officials said he was believed to have assumed the role of KLF chief after the outfit’s head, Harminder Mintoo, was held by Punjab Police from Thailand in 2014.
Mintoo, who later escaped from the Nabha jail with a group of gangsters but was detained again, died of cardiac arrest in jail in April 2018.
Singh was a resident of Chheharta in Amritsar and had a doctorate that earned him the alias “PhD”. He was living in Pakistan for two decades.
In October, the Interpol issued “red notices” against at least eight Khalistan-linked terrorists based in different countries. Singh, aka “Happy PhD”, was in that list.
Singh, the Pakistan-based KLF handler, plotted to carry out an attack on the anniversary of Operation Bluestar in 2019. The plan was foiled. Singh was also a suspect in the grenade attack on a prayer congregation at the Nirankari Bhawan in Rajasansi. In that attack, three people had died and several were injured in 2018.