LAS VEGAS -- A Reno man was charged with providing material support to terrorism groups in India and Pakistan to intimidate the Indian government and harm opponents to the groups' cause, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Balwinder Singh, 39, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim persons in a foreign country, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, making a false statement on an immigration document, using an immigration document procured by fraud, and unlawful production of an identification document.
He was arrested Tuesday in Reno and is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge Friday for an initial appearance and arraignment. If convicted, Singh faces up to life in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.
The indictment alleges that Singh is a member of two terrorist organizations, Babbar Khalsa International and Khalistan Zindabad Force, which aim to establish an independent Sikh state in part of the Punjab region of India known as Khalistan.
These groups allegedly engage in bombings, kidnappings and murders in India to intimidate and compel the Indian government to create the state of Khalistan. These groups also allegedly target for assassination individuals they consider traitors to the Sikh religion and government officials they consider responsible for atrocities against Sikhs.