Khalistani Flags Put Up Outside Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Officials Suspect Act Of Tourists


New Delhi: Khalistani flags were found outside the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Dharamshala on Sunday morning. These flags were found tied to the wall of the assembly along the main gate, according to the news agency ANI. On this matter, the police say that this incident must have taken place late at night or Sunday morning. Notably, the incident takes place after Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu called for hoisting the Khalistani flag in Shimla.

“It might have happened late night or early morning today. We have removed the Khalistan flags from the Vidhan Sabha gate. It could be an act of some tourists from Punjab. We are going to register a case today,” said Khushal Sharma, SP Kangra, according to the news agency ANI.

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The matter is under investigation and a case will be registered, too. “We are inquiring about the matter and a case will be registered under relevant sections of the Himachal Pradesh Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1985. This is like a wake-up call for us to work with more alertness,” said SDM Dharamshala Shilpi Beakta, as quoted by ANI.

In April, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu called for hoisting the Khalistani flag in Shimla. In response to the threat from Pannu, the Anti-Terrorist Front of India burnt the Khalistani flag outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Shimla and raised slogans against the demands of Khalistan.

The incident also comes on the back of the arrest of the two alleged accomplices of the four suspected Pakistan-linked terrorists.

The Police claimed to have nabbed the terrorists with explosives in Haryana’s Karnal on Friday. The two arrested have been identified as Akashdeep Singh, 25, a resident of Peerke village; and Jashanpreet Singh, 19, a resident of Faridkot, the police said, as reported by news agency PTI.

While one of the terrorists identified as Akashdeep worked as a driver with Gurpreet, who is among the four suspected terrorists arrested on their way to Telangana on Thursday. According to the police, it is suspected that he delivered a few consignments of explosives and firearms to various places by using their vehicles.

Akashdeep, who came in contact with Gurpreet is said to have lured him with money. “Gurpreet was already in touch with Pakistan-based Babbar Khalsa International terrorist Harvinder Singh, alias Rinda,” the Ferozepur SSP added.

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