Himachal Pradesh police books Khalistani activist for sedition | India News – Times of India


SHIMLA: A day after pre-recorded voice calls were made to many people in Himachal Pradesh allegedly by Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, a US-based self-styled chief of the banned pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), Himachal Pradesh police has booked him under sedition charges.
A case has been registered vide FIR No 04/2021 on Saturday at State Cyber Crime Police Station, Shimla for offences punishable u/s 124 IPC (sedition against State), 153-A IPC (act prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 506 IPC (intimidation), 120-B IPC (criminal conspiracy), 13 of The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (commission of unlawful activity) and 66-C of IT Act 2000.
On Friday morning, many journalists received the recorded call from different numbers in which a message was given to Himachal government that on August 15, they will not allow Jai Ram Thakur to hoist Indian tricolour.
It further said that once the organisation – which seeks a referendum on Punjab – liberates it, it will make sure to take over parts of Himachal Pradesh that used to be part of of Punjab.
Police said that preliminary investigation revealed that alleged Gurpatwant Singh Pannu is associated with pro-Khalistani outfit named “Sikhs for Justice” (SFJ which is banned by Government of India under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for anti-India activities on July 10, 2019. This Pro-Khalistani organization is based at overseas with their network in various places in USA and other foreign countries, it added.
The investigation in this regards is underway to identify the origination of caller. The voice spectrography of the alleged audio clip will be conducted in due course of time to fix criminality of accused.
This investigation has national and international ramifications. Therefore, Himachal Pradesh Police is seeking cooperation from various Central Agencies to crack down the case and to bring accused to justice, police said.

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