Five Sikhs For Justice activists booked for sedition
Those booked include New York-based organisation Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and SFJ activists Jagdeep Singh and Jagjeet Singh (all three based in New York), Gurpeet Singh of Mohali and Harpunit Singh of Jammu.Updated: Jul 07, 2017 10:38 IST
The Punjab Police have booked five people, including three based in the US, for sedition and promoting enmity and criminal conspiracy, following the cropping up of hoardings, seeking a referendum on a separate Sikh state of Khalistan. Five books for sedition
Those booked include New York-based organisation Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and SFJ activists Jagdeep Singh and Jagjeet Singh (all three based in New York), Gurpeet Singh of Mohali and Harpunit Singh of Jammu.
The action comes after chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered a crackdown on the outfit after complaints from citizens that a deliberate effort was on to vitiate the state’s atmosphere. Amarinder’s order came after a series of provocative posters and hoardings were put up at more than 40 outdoor sites across the state.
Investigation shows that Pannun hired Baba Hanuman Singh Enterprise agency to run a campaign titled `Punjab Independence Referendum 2020’. Jagdeep alias Baba Jag Singh, is a native of Fatehgarh Sahib. Jagjeet Singh is a native of J&K. Gurpeet is a resident of Phase 5, Industrial Area, Mohali, and Harpunit Singh is from Nanak Nagar, Jammu. All five have also been booked for promoting feelings of enmity and disharmony between different groups, and committing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, through visible representations.
“Such acts have disturbed and are likely to disturb public tranquility in Punjab, and are likely to cause fear/alarm, ill-will and a feeling of insecurity among members of different communities/groups residing in the border state of Punjab,” the police said in its FIR.