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15-years jail to Balwinder for plotting terror strikes in India

A US Court in Reno, Nevada has ordered a 15-year jail term for Balwinder Singh after he pleaded guilty of being involved in plotting terror attacks in India. The court also ordered that Balwinder will remain under lifetime federal supervision, after he is released from jail. This order was given since Balwinder has been associated with terrorist groups in India for over twenty years. According to prosecutors in the counter terrorism unit of Justice Department, Balwinder has been associated with Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Zindabad Force, both of which have been identified as terror organizations seeking to establish an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region.

It may be recalled that Balwinder is on the wanted list of Indian security agencies, as he has been linked with a terror attack on a passenger bus in April 2006, which killed three people. There were talks about his deportation to India, but his defense attorney protested against the deportation, saying that Balwinder has been tortured and beaten by Indian government officials in the past.

Balwinder is expected to be released in around 10 years since he has already spent nearly 3 years in jail and is likely to earn credit for good time.

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