US-based Pannu hired two men for pro-Khalistan graffiti in Delhi

Pannun offered them nearly ₹6 lakh to write pro-Khalistan slogans on the walls of metro station in Delhi

| Updated: 01 September, 2023 11:40 am IST
Two Punjabi men arrested for allegedly creating pro-Khalistan and anti-India graffiti on the walls of several Delhi Metro stations.

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested two Punjabi men for allegedly creating pro-Khalistan and anti-India graffiti on the walls of several Delhi Metro stations on the instructions of US-based terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.

The suspects have been identified as Pritpal Singh and Rajvinder Singh, both hailing from Punjab’s Faridkot.

They were hired by Pannun, who heads the banned Khalistani organization Sikh for Justice (SFJ).

Around a dozen metro stations, including Shivaji Park, Paschim Vihar, Udyog Nagar, Maharaja Surajmal Stadium, Punjabi Bagh, and Nangloi – all situated along the west and outer Delhi metro lines – were found defaced with slogans such as ‘Khalistan Zindabad,’ ‘Punjab is not India,’ ‘Delhi Banega Khalistan,’ and ‘Khalistan Referendum Zindabad.’

The graffiti were spotted on the morning of August 27, sending the Delhi Police into action mode, especially given the upcoming G20 Summit.

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Special Cell commissioner HGS Dhaliwal reported that both people had been acting on Pannu’s instructions and had subsequently fled to Punjab after carrying out the graffiti.

The suspects are facing charges under sections 153 (provocation), 153A, and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as well as the Defacement of Property Act. The caseWhat to expect from opposition INDIA’s Mumbai meeting todays have been transferred to the Special Cell for further investigation.

Crucial evidence, including CCTV footage from outside the metro stations, were recovered, establishing the suspects’ role in the act of defacing the walls with the graffiti. CCTV cameras captured them walking near metro stations at night.

This incident follows a pattern of similar activities witnessed earlier in the national capital. In January, two people, one from Delhi, were found to be engaging in similar graffiti acts under Pannun’s direction.

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Pannun has consistently used social media to spread his messages and incite youth involvement in Khalistani activities. Indian security agencies have linked Pannun to over two dozen such cases.

The backstory of Pritpal Singh’s involvement highlights his initial contact with the pro-Khalistani movement in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a helpline associated with the SFJ and Pannun, Pritpal Singh received financial assistance of ₹5000. Over time, he established communication with Pannun and gained his trust.

 

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