Banned Sikh Group Sikhs for Justice’s Leader Charged Over ‘Khalistan’ Flags At Himachal Pradesh

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Dharamshala:

The chief of banned organisation Sikhs for Justice has been named as the primary accused in reference to the looks of ‘Khalistan’ banners and graffiti on the partitions of Himachal Pradesh Meeting in Dharamshala yesterday.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has been charged underneath the stringent anti-terror regulation Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act. His organisation, Sikhs for Justice, was banned by the centre in 2019 for anti-India actions.

Himachal Police have stepped up safety within the state after Sikhs for Justice gave a name for holding a ‘Khalistan’ referendum on June 6. Inter-state borders have been sealed and safety stepped at key authorities buildings.

” Retaining in view the incidents of Khalistani components in neighboring States and likewise incident of tying a Khalistani banner came about in Una district on 11.04.2022 and

latest incident of hoisting banners & graffiti of Khalistan on the outer boundary of Vidhan Sabha in Dharamshala in addition to the menace posed by Sikhs for Justice (SJF) concerning announcement of sixth June, 2022 as voting date for Khalistan Referendum in Himachal Pradesh, the DGP-HP has issued instructions to the sector formations to stay on excessive alert from right this moment,” an order issued by state police chief Sanjay Kundu mentioned.

The order added that senior law enforcement officials have been instructed to maintain a detailed watch on potential hideouts of members of the banned outfit, together with resorts. They’ve additionally been directed to maintain bomb disposal squads and particular items on standby for any emergency state of affairs.

Officers have been requested to sensitise safety personnel guarding all key buildings in order that they inform police in the event that they spot something suspicious.

Following the looks of the Khalistan banners and graffiti, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had ordered an investigation.

An intelligence alert issued on April 26 had warned of such an incident, sources mentioned. The alert claimed that chief of Sikhs for Justice, Gurupatwant Singh Pannu, had issued a letter to the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, stating {that a} flag of Sikh extremist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and ‘Khalistan’ can be hoisted in Shimla, sources mentioned.

Himachal Pradesh’s transfer to ban automobiles carrying Bhindranwale and Khalistani flags had agitated the banned outfit, it’s learnt.

“I condemn the cowardly incident of elevating Khalistan flags on the gate of Dharamshala Meeting Complicated at midnight of evening. Solely winter session is held right here, so there’s a want for extra safety preparations solely throughout that point,” Chief Minister Thakur tweeted in Hindi this morning.

“Benefiting from this, this cowardly incident has been carried out, however we won’t tolerate it. This incident can be investigated instantly and strict motion can be taken in opposition to the culprits. I wish to inform these those who if in case you have the braveness, then come out within the mild of day, not at midnight of evening,” a second tweet learn.

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