Khalistan supporters in Punjab got a huge amount of funding from six countries through nine outfits, especially via narcotics syndicates. These include Pakistan-linked organizations Ranjit Singh Neeta's Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), Wadhwa Singh Babbar's Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and Paramjit Singh Panjwar's Khalistan Commando Force (KCF).
On March 22, The Economic Times quoted
police and intelligence officials as saying that Hardeep Singer Nijjar of the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) lives in London, while Gurjit Singh Cheema of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) lives in Canada. In comparison, KZF's Gurmeet Singh alias Bagga and Bhupinder Singh Bhind live in Germany.
According to the report, there are other key associates as per an assessment made by law enforcement agencies. Among them, Gursharanveer Singh lives in the UK, Gurjinder Singh lives in Italy, and Purushottam Singh lives in France. Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, the leader of one of the most notorious organizations called Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), is in the US and works as a political activist.
According to the report, a senior Punjab official in charge of anti-terrorist operations said, "Efforts to revive Khalistan sentiments in Punjab are being covertly aided by these groups. This is evident from a series of incidents of vandalism at the Indian High Commission. The Sikh population is concentrated in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. Among these, the number of criminal gangs with Punjab origins is witnessing a steady rise."