Command booked for the Khalistan flag outside the Himachal Pradesh parliament, the state border "sealed"

Command booked for the Khalistan flag outside the Himachal Pradesh parliament, the state border “sealed” – Mail Bonus

Himachal Pradesh police booked Sikhs for justice leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun under UAPA’s anti-terrorism law and “sealed” the state border after Khalist flags were flown at the side of the Dharamshala state parliament on Sunday.

Himachal Pradesh’s Chief of Police, Sanjay Kundu, also ordered the sealing of the state border and increased security for the entire state, citing “pro-Khalistan activities” in the state and the announcement of a ban on Khalistan’s “referendum day” on June 6.

The “sealing” of the border involves strict surveillance of vehicles and people entering the mock state, police said.

HP Police Chief Kundu said that Pannun had been charged as the main defendant under Chapter 13 of the Anti-Illegal Activities Act and 153A and 153B of the Indian Penal Code, with the exception of Part 3 of the HP Open Places Prevention Act, 1985.

While Chapter 13 of the UAPA deals with the offense of inciting or promoting terrorism, Chapters 153A and 153B of the IPC deal with offenses involving the promotion of social or religious disunity and hostility.

Kundu said that FIR against Pannun and others had been filed due to a complaint by Ram Chand who is called Ajay Kumar from Kaned village under Dharamshala tehsil in Kangra district.

In a statement issued on Sunday night, the DGP said: “Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Sikh’s Chief Justice for Justice, has been named as the main defendant in the case.

The case was filed at the Dharamshala police station, he added

The HP DGP also set up a seven-member special investigative team to quickly investigate the Khalistani banners and scribbled Khalistan slogans and graffiti on the outer walls near the main gate of the Himachal Legislative Assembly in Tapovan, Dharamshala.

SIT members include Kangra Deputy Chief of Police Puneet Raghu, Jawalaji Sub-District Officer Chander Paul, SP (CID) Assistant Sushant Sharma Mandi, Jawali SDPO Sidharath Sharma as well as SHO Dharamshala Police Station and Yol Police Station in the indictment, DGP said in a statement.

SIT has been tasked with initiating an investigation immediately and conducting a professional and impartial investigation to ensure transparency, said the HP police chief.

“SIT has also been directed to liaise with the state and central intelligence agencies to dig up links between states and international if any,” he added.

Kundu also ordered the “sealing” of the state border and increasing security in crowded and vulnerable places in Himachal Pradesh.

The HP DGP also asked the various HP police scene formations to be on standby in light of the events of the Khalistani episodes in neighboring countries and also due to the installation of Khalistani banners in the Una district on 11 April.

His instructions followed “also in view of the incident of dragging Khalistan’s banners and graffiti on the outer border of Vidhan Sabha in Dharamshala as well as the threat posed by the SJF announcement of June 6 as the polling day for the Khalistan referendum in Himachal Pradesh”.

Additional DGP-CIDs, IGs and DIGs divisions, and district police chiefs have also been directed to “seal all international borders / barriers and maintain strict vigilance in the areas likely to be present, ie. hotels and criminals’ inns, he said.

“They have been targeted at keeping special security forces (SSUs), bomb disposal forces and emergency response teams (QRTs) in position and preparedness and enhancing the safety of dams, railway stations, bus shelters, towns, government buildings and important installations,” Kundu said.

HP’s Chief of Police also referred to the various scene shots “making all security personnel / chowkids in government buildings, banks, PSUs vulnerable to the threat and advising them to report any concerns to the local police station immediately.

Pannun had previously called for Khalistani to be killed in Shimla on April 29.

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