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The devout Sikh became a regular worshipper at the city's oldest Sikh temple, Guru Nanak Prakash, and was linked to the International Sikh Youth Federation - a Sikh separatist group banned in the UK under anti-terror laws in 2000.
In north-India, the terrorist list includes Babbar Khalsa, Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan, Communist Party of India (Maoist), Dashmesh Regiment, International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), Kamagata Maru Dal of Khalistan, Khalistan Armed Force, Khalistan Liberation Force, Khalistan Commando Force, Khalistan Liberation Army, Khalistan Liberation Front, Khalistan Liberation Organisation, Khalistan National Army, Khalistan Guerilla Force, Khalistan Security Force, Khalistan Zindabad Force, Shaheed Khalsa Force.
Gilligan's recent torrent of headlines - such as "Ken's adviser is linked to terror group", about a civil servant who used to belong to the International Sikh Youth Federation, and "Ken talks to 'front' for banned Tamil Tigers", about the mayor addressing a meeting of the British Tamils Forum - may be, as he repeatedly emphasises, "all true", but the discrepancy between their prominence and relevance led one media commentator to remark, "The boundary between news and comment isn't always clear.
The International Sikh Youth Federation and Babbar Khalsa International were alleged to have been involved in plots to kill senior Indian officials during visits to the UK, including former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The full list is: Abu Nidal Organisation; Aum Shirikyo; Babbar Khalsa; Basque Fatherland and Liberation (ETA); Gama'a al-Islamiyya, Hamass-Izz al-din al Qassem; Hizbollah External Security Organisation; International Sikh Youth Federation, Kahane Chai; Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK); Lashkar e Tayyaba; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation; National Liberation Army; Palestinian Isalmic Jihad; Palestinian Liberation Front; Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; PFLP General Command, Real IRA; Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC); Revolutionary Nuclei; Revolutionary Organisation 17 November; Revolutionary People's Liberation Army/Front; Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso); United Self Defence Forces of Colombia.
It was labelled a terror outfit in 2001 by Jack Straw, the Home Secretary at the time, who banned it along with another Midland-based Sikh extremist group, the International Sikh Youth Federation, which expressed similar ideals.
He says that one of these organisations, the Sikh Federation, is in fact manned by members of the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) which was banned by the Government in 2000 under the Terrorism Act.
Weeks later the group, along with another Sikh group the International Sikh Youth Federation, were banned from operating in the UK by the British government which labelled them terrorist organisations.