Himachal Seals Borders After Khalistani Flags Found On Assembly Gates, Leader Booked


The Himachal Pradesh Police booked Sikhs for Justice leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun under anti-terror law UAPA and “sealed” the state’s borders after Khalistsni flags were put up on the gates of the state assembly complex in Dharamshala . Himachal Pradesh police chief Sanjay Kundu also ordered the sealing of the state’s border and beefing up of the state-wide security, citing “pro-Khalistan activities” in the state on June 6. The sealing of the border implies strict checks on vehicles and people entering the hilly state, police said. HP Director General of Police Kundu said Pannun has been booked as the main accused under section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and sections 153 A and 153 B of the India Penal Code, besides section 3 of the HP Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1985. While section 13 of the UAPA pertains to the offence of inciting or abetting terror acts, sections 153 A and 153 B of the IPC deal with the offences of promoting communal or sectarian divides and animosity. Kundu said the FIR against Pannun and others was lodged on the complaint of Ram Chand alias Ajay Kumar of Kaned village under Dharamshala tehsil of the Kangra district. In a statement here on Sunday evening, the DGP said, “Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the general counsel to Sikhs for Justice has been made the main accused in the case. The case was lodged at Dharamshala police station, he added The HP DGP also set up a seven-member Special Investigation Team to expeditiously investigate the case involving the putting up of Khalistani banners and scrawling of  over the outer walls near the main gate of the Himachal legislative assembly complex Tapovan in Dharamshala.