Khalistan idealogue Gurpatwant Singh Pannu booked for assassination threat against Capt. Amarinder Singh

The leader of banned organisation Sikhs For Justice issued an assassination threat against the Punjab CM through a video posted on SFJ’s Facebook page

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh (File photo)
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh (File photo)

Bipin Bhardwaj

The Punjab police has registered an FIR against Khalistan idealogue Gurpatwant Singh Pannu for his recent assassination threat against Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and warned him against any attempt to disturb the state’s peace, stability and communal harmony.

In July, the Himachal Pradesh police had also registered an FIR against Pannu at Shimla after the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) issued a threat against Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. It had claimed that the outfit will not allow him to hoist the national flag on Independence Day.

Asserting that any bid by the banned SFJ and its self-styled General Counsel to create trouble in Punjab would be countered with the full might of his government, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said, “Nobody will be allowed to disturb the hard-earned peace of Punjab and again plunge our people into the dark abyss of the terrorism days, which took thousands of innocent lives.”

Noting that as the land of the Gurus, who had always propagated the ideology of oneness of humanity, Punjab was home to all people, regardless of religion, caste and creed, the Chief Minister said Pannu’s pathetic attempts to once again fan hatred, divisiveness and violence in the name of religion and in the garb of a peaceful secessionist campaign for the attainment of Khalistan has already been strongly repudiated by the people of Punjab and India, who want to live and prosper in peace.

All political leaders and parties had condemned Pannu’s Pak-ISI funded campaign for a separate nation, the CM said.

The Chief Minister’s strong warning to Pannu came even as the Punjab Police on Monday registered an FIR against the SFJ leader for issuing an assassination threat against the former through a video posted on SFJ’s Facebook page.

The FIR has been registered against Pannu, his associates, and the SFJ members at State Cyber Crime Police Station SAS Nagar, under Sections 10 (a) and 13 (1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, besides sections 153, 153A IPC and Section-124 A of IPC, disclosed DGP Dinkar Gupta, adding that Pannu had been found promoting violent extremist action and threatening assassination of the Chief Minister, an elected constitutional head of government of the state of Punjab.

Citing preliminary investigations into the video posted on August 28, the DGP said the said video clearly suggested a criminal conspiracy against the Chief Minister, who was shown in the video as being targeted with bullets by a gun. Further investigations were underway to unearth the complete conspiracy, he added.

Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), a pro-Khalistani outfit based in US, was declared as ‘Unlawful Association’ by the Government of India through a notification issued on 10th July 2019, in exercise of powers conferred by Sub-sections (1) and (3) of Section 3 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, after it was found to be indulging in activities prejudicial to internal security of India and the public order and have the potential of disrupting peace, unity and integrity of the country.

It had been found involved in anti-national and subversive activities in Punjab and elsewhere under the garb of a peaceful campaign to form a sovereign country called Khalistan, out of the territory of Union of India. The banned outfit was also found to be in close touch with members of militant outfits and radical organizations and elements involved in fomenting strife in Punjab.

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