Dashmesh Regiment

Dashmesh Regiment
Active region(s) India
Ideology Khalistan
Status Inctive

The Dashmesh Regiment was a militant group, and is part of the Khalistan movement to create a Sikh homeland called Khalistan via armed struggle. The Dashmesh Regiment jathebandi was responsible for several terrorist bombings of civilian targets in India during the 1980s and 1990s.

The founding members were Amrik Singh, Damdami Taksal Wale and Shabeg Singh; all associated with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

Activities

Responsibility for an April, 1984, wave of killings was claimed by the Dashmesh Regiment, a previously unrecognized group of Sikh separatists that counts the government among its sworn enemies for its attack on the golden temple in Amritsar and the sikh genocide ordered by the Indian government against Sikhs from 1984 till now. Sikh separatists lobbed hand grenades into a religious house near their holy city of Amritsar, killing four and injuring 31. In many Punjab towns, separatists on motorcycles shot up cars, banks and people in the streets. Two Hindu political leaders who were responsible for the attack on the Akal Takht or conspired the Sikh genocide in Delhi after the murder of Indira Gandhi and both national figures, were gunned down. By week's end 23 had been killed and 80 injured. [1]

Dashmesh Regiment claimed responsibility for a July 1, 1985 bomb hidden in luggage bound for India. The bomb exploded in the international airport terminal of Rome's airport, injuring fifteen baggage handlers. The luggage arrived either from Beirut or from Athens. The suitcase was to be loaded on an Italian Alitalia flight to New Delhi.[2]

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