The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a chargesheet against 10 accused in relation to a series of acts of violence staged in Punjab in October 2018.
The chargesheet included designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and was registered before the NIA Special Court.
The acts of violence were carried out by a gang of radical Sikh youth under the direction and support of handlers from ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ).
They received financial assistance from the SFJ handlers located abroad as part of an organized conspiracy by the accused for launching a concerted secessionist campaign for creation of ‘Khalistan’.
The case relates to a series of acts of violence including acts of arson in Punjab during the year 2017-18, carrying out propaganda activities both online and on ground campaigns in support of SFJ and Referendum- 2020.
These acts, both online and on-ground, were committed by a gang of radicalised Sikh youth under direction from these SFJ handlers.
The names registered in the chargesheet include Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Pargat Singh, Sukhraj Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Manjeet Singh, Jatinder Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Harpreet Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Harmeet Singh.
The investigation into the case revealed that SFJ, a secessionist outfit, has launched an incessant campaign using numerous social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube Channels and a number of websites to propagate sedition and disturb peace and harmony in India.
Investigation has also clearly established that Gurpatwant Singh Pannun (leader of SFJ), radicalised and recruited the other accused persons into SFJ an organization declared as ‘Unlawful Association’ under UAPA.