The banned SFJ module erupted in Punjab; 3 held with secessionist literature
Police in Chandigarh Punjab on Friday dismantled a secessionist module of the banned “illegal association” Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) by arresting three of its members. Police also recovered thousands of secessionist leaflets promoting the “Referendum 2020” from their possession during a raid in the village of Rampur in Khanna. A truck had to be called in to transport all the banned propaganda material.
In July 2019, the Center banned the SFJ under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for its involvement in promoting secession as well as violent activism in Punjab, specifically the 2020 Sikh Referendum. “Their activities were aimed at creating a rift. between communities and disrupting peace and community harmony in Punjab, ”the Center said.
Those arrested on Friday are Gurwinder Singh from Rampur in Khanna; and Jagwinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh, both from Morinda to Ropar. Police also booked Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Harpreet Singh, Bikramjeet Singh and Gursahai Makhu, all based in the United States, and Jagjeet Singh Mangat from Khanna.
A police spokesperson added that they, in the presence of a duty magistrate, raided the village of Rampur in Khanna and recovered more than 2.8 lakh of brochures containing propaganda material related to the “Referendum 2020”. A printer, spray pump and spray bottles for writing secessionist graffiti on the walls, a laptop, three cell phones and a Honda City car were also recovered.
During the preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the accused Gurwinder Singh was radicalized and motivated on a YouTube channel, US Media International, operated by JS Dhaliwal, which introduced him to Pannun.
A police spokesperson added that on Pannun’s instructions, Gurwinder hoisted Khalistani flags at the premises of the public school in Rampur village. Police claimed that Gurwinder had registered 20-25 people to promote “Referendum 2020” by distributing brochures to different groups in the vicinity of Doraha, Ludhiana. All of these people were paid for their service at Pannun’s request.
A police spokesperson added that Gurwinder also wrote graffiti on the walls, promoting the activities of the 2020 Sikh referendum (in English and Punjabi), under bridges and on signs on the road leading to Khanna. at the Singhu border in Delhi. On the night of August 15, he spray painted pro-Sikh slogans about the 2020 referendum and anti-Indians.
“To promote this kind of secessionist activity, the accused received huge funds from Pannun via human carriers, the hawala road, etc.”, added a police source.
An FIR has been registered under Articles 124A (sedition) and 120B (criminal association) and others of the IPC and Articles 17, 18, 20, 40 of the UA (P) Law in SAS Nagar.