Reno Man Sentenced For Role in Attempted Terrorist Act Against India

March 8, 2017 |

A Reno man who pled guilty to plotting terrorist act against India in an attempt to create an independent Sikh state was sentenced yesterday in Federal Court in Reno, NV. 

Balwinder Singh (pictured above), 41, was sentenced on yesterday by U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists for a movement to create an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region of India. Singh could also be deported following completion of his sentence. 

Singh, also known as Jhaji, aka Happy, aka Possi, aka Baljit Singh, is a citizen of India and a permanent U.S. resident. Singh pleaded guilty on Nov. 29, 2016. 

According to court documents, between September 2013 and Dec. 17, 2013, Singh conspired to support terrorist attacks in India as part of a movement to create an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region of India. Singh agreed to provide material support by helping facilitate a co-conspirator’s travel to and within South Asia; to provide necessary funding; and to provide materials necessary to carry out the attack. On occasions, Singh traveled from Reno to California to meet a co-conspirator in person.
In October 2013, Singh and co-conspirators agreed that one co-conspirator would travel to India and commit a terror attack – likely an assassination or maiming of an Indian governmental official. The final target would be determined after the co-conspirator arrived in South Asia.
n November 2013, Singh purchased two sets of night vision goggles and a laptop computer. In December 2013, he provided these items to a co-conspirator who was going to carry out the planned terror attack. On Dec. 9, 2013, the co-conspirator attempted to board a flight from the San Francisco International Airport to Bangkok, Thailand in order to carry out the terror attack with the night vision goggles provided to him by Singh. 
United States law enforcement prevented the co-conspirator from boarding that flight, and as a result, the planned terror attack never occurred. After these events, Singh and his co-conspirators continued to discuss and plan the terror attack in India until Singh’s arrest.
“The sentence imposed today sends a clear message: Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force will work vigorously to uncover and stop any efforts to provide monetary or material support to organizations created to do murder,” Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI’s Las Vegas Division said. "This investigation clearly highlights the magnitude and importance of the law enforcement community’s commitment to combatting terrorism and keeping our nation safe.”

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