Chandigarh: Punjab Police on Friday (September 18) busted a secessionist module of banned 'unlawful association' Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) with the arrest of its three members after recovering lakh of secessionist pamphlets promoting 'Referendum 2020' activities from their possession during a raid conducted in village Rampur in Khanna, said a press release from Punjab Police.
The Indian Government banned SFJ in July 2019 under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for their involvement in promoting secession and violent militancy in Punjab and Sikh Referendum 2020.
Their activities were aimed at creating a divide between communities and disturbing the peace and communal harmony in Punjab.
The police have arrested Gurwinder Singh of Rampur in Khanna, Jagwinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh, both from 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.
In the presence of the duty magistrate, a police spokesman said that the police conducted raids in village Rampur in Khanna and recovered over 2.84 lakh pamphlets carrying referendum 2020 activities. The police also recovered one canon printer, a spray pump and spray bottles for writing secessionist graffiti on walls, one laptop, three mobile phones and one Honda City Car from their possession.
During preliminary investigations, it has been found that the accused Gurwinder Singh was radicalized and motivated over a YouTube channel named "US Media International" being operated by JS Dhaliwal, who further introduced him to Gurpatwant Pannu.
The spokesman added that on the instructions of Pannu, Gurwinder installed Khalistani flags on the premises of the Government School in his village Rampur in Khanna.
It has also been revealed that the accused has to 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 said that accused Gurwinder has also written wall graffiti, promoting Sikh Referendum 2020 activities (in English & Punjabi), under bridges and on signboards at various places in the stretch of Khanna to Singhu Border in Delhi.
On the night of August 15, he painted pro-Sikh Referendum 2020 and anti-Indian slogans at various places.
The Spokesperson said for promoting secessionist activities, the accused had received huge funds from Pannu via human carriers, Hawala and MTSS channels.
The case has been registered under Sections 124A (Sedition), 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence), 153B (Imputations, prejudicial to national integration) and 120B (Criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and Sections 17, 18, 20, 40 of the UAPA. Further raids are being conducted to arrest the remaining accused.