Indian PM's German stop reviewed after threat

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14 July 2005, NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's stopover in Germany en route to the United States is in question as intelligence agencies have evidence of a terrorist plot to attack him in Frankfurt, a news report said Thursday.

14 July 2005

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's stopover in Germany en route to the United States is in question as intelligence agencies have evidence of a terrorist plot to attack him in Frankfurt, a news report said Thursday.

Indian intelligence agencies have informed the Prime Minister's Office that there is a plot to attack his convoy in Frankfurt, the Hindustan Times reported.

The threat is said to be from a Sikh terrorist organisation, Babbar Khalsa International.

"The (intelligence) report said the threat to Singh was higher in Frankfurt than in the U.S., where he will stay for four days starting July 17, and in Geneva, his point of halt on the return journey," the newspaper said.

Singh is India's first Sikh Prime Minister. His ascent to the country's most powerful seat came after the Congress party to which he belongs recorded an unexpected victory at the polls last year.

In 1984 Congress leader Indira Gandhi, India's prime minister for many years, was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, angry with her role in a military operation to flush out terrorists from Sikhism's holiest shrine, the Golden Temple.

The terrorists were demanding a separate state for the Sikh dominated state of Punjab. Though Sikh terrorism has largely been eliminated from Punjab now, Indian police and intelligence agencies say "remanants" of such terrorism still exist in India and abroad.

DPA

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