Khalistani Pannun threatens to blow up Air India flight on World Cup final day

| Updated: 05 November, 2023 7:03 pm IST
Pro-Khalistan extremist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun

Pro-Khalistan extremist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, released a video on Saturday, alerting Sikhs to not travel by an Air India flight which is scheduled to depart on November 19.

“We are asking all Sikhs to avoid boarding Air India flights on November 19. On that day, there will be a global blockade, and Air India will not be allowed to fly anywhere across the world. Sikhs, you do not travel by Air India after 19th November. It can be life-threatening.” Pannun said in the video, demanding that the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi remains closed on the date.

Pannun scheduled the blast on the occasion of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s birthday, who had been assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards following the 1984 Blue Star operation, which also coincides with the ICC Cricket World Cup’s final match.

Recently, an FIR was filed in Ahmedabad against Pannun over terror threats connected to the World Cup. He was booked under sections related to the charges of conspiracy and spreading hatred under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and the Information Technology Act.

The SFJ leader has been listed as a terrorist since 2020 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

He had earlier warned India of a ‘Hamas’ style attack following the killing of Canada-based Khalistani extremist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, stating, “Modi, learn from Israel-Palestine conflict. People under occupation from Punjab to Palestine will react and violence begets violence. If India is going to keep occupying Punjab, there will be a reaction and, Modi and India, you will be responsible. SFJ believes in ballot. SFJ believes in vote. Liberation of Punjab is on the cards.”

Earlier in October, NIA had confiscated the properties of the terror accused in Amritsar, Punjab.

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