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Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], September 17 (ANI): Punjab police on Friday busted a module established by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a US-based organisation declared 'unlawful' by the Indian government and arrested three of its members.
The secessionist module had been operationalised for promoting secessionist activities, including 'Sikh Referendum 2020', said a statement by the Punjab Director General of Police.
The police recovered lakhs of secessionist pamphlets promoting 'Referendum 2020' activities from the accused.
During a raid conducted in village Rampur in Khanna, the Punjab Police arrested three people identified as Gurwinder Singh of Rampur in Khanna, Jagwinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh, both residents of Morinda in Ropar.
The police have also booked Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, Harpreet Singh, Bikramjeet Singh and Gursahai Makhu, all based in the USA and Jagjeet Singh Mangat of Khanna, the statement issued by the Director General of Police Office said.
The government has banned SFJ in July 2019 under the UA (P) Act for their involvement in promoting secession as well as violent militancy in Punjab as well as Sikh Referendum 2020.
Their activities were aimed at creating a divide between communities and disturbing the peace and communal harmony in the State of Punjab.
"The police conducted raids in village Rampur in Khanna in presence of duty magistrate and recovered over 2.84 lakh pamphlets carrying referendum 2020 activities," said a police spokesperson in the statement adding that they also recovered one Canon printer, spray pump and spray bottles for writing secessionist graffiti on walls, one laptop, three mobile phones and one Honda City Car from their possession.
Preliminary investigations found that the accused Gurwinder Singh was radicalised and motivated over YouTube channel named "US Media International" being operated by JS Dhaliwal, who further introduced him to Gurpatwant Pannu.
The spokesman said that on the instructions of Pannu, Gurwinder installed Khalistani flags on the premises of Government School in his village Rampur in Khanna.
It has also been revealed that the accused has till date registered around 20-25 persons for voting for promoting Sikh Referendum 2020 besides distributing pamphlets for different groups in the vicinity of Doraha, Ludhiana and providing money on the instance of Pannu, added the spokesperson.
The police spokesperson also said that the accused Gurwinder has also written wall graffiti, promoting Sikh Referendum 2020 activities (in English & Punjabi), under bridges and on signboards at various places in a stretch of Khanna to Singhu Border in Delhi.
On the night of August 15, he spray-painted pro-Sikh Referendum 2020 and anti-Indian slogans at various places, the statement read. The Spokesperson said for promoting secessionist activities, the accused had received huge funds from Pannu via human carriers, Hawala and MTSS channels.
Meanwhile, FIR no 7 dated 16/09/2021 has been registered under sections 124A, 153A, 153B and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 17, 18, 20, 40 of the UA(P) Act at Police Station SSOC in SAS Nagar.
Further raids are being conducted to arrest the remaining accused, the Punjab police statement added. (ANI)