(This story originally appeared in on Dec 10, 2020).
NEW DELHI: The US-based separatist outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) hatched an “organised conspiracy” to further its Khalistan bring on by trying to initiate Sikh personnel in the Indian Army to increase in mutiny against India, a chargesheet submitted by the National Investigation Company (NIA) has said.The chargesheet, which names 16 implicated consisting of SFJ leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Babbar Khalsa International head Paramjit Singh alias Pamma, also declared that SFJ was attempting to radicalise Kashmiri youth and openly extending support for secession of Kashmir from India.The chargesheet has been submitted at a time when there have been issues that SFJ and other Khalistani outfits, running out of Pakistan, would attempt to utilize the current discontent over the farmers’ agitation to penetrate the stir and utilize it to work up disaffection.Pannun, a homeowner of New York, Canada-based Nijjar and UK-based Paramjit ‘Pamma’ were listed as ‘specific terrorists’ under the Fourth Arrange of the Unlawful Activities Avoidance Act (UAPA) in July.The SFJ, banned as an ‘illegal association’ under UAPA, was on Wednesday described by the NIA as a “frontal organisation of Khalistani terrorist attire” with links to Pakistan. NIA sources said the SFJ had been running a vigorous project on social networks platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube and had actually been calling India-based mobile numbers to press its pro-Khalistan ‘Referendum 2020’ agenda.The chargesheet in the ‘Referendum 2020’ case, submitted in a special court here on Wednesday, called 16 foreign-based customers and members of the SFJ. The implicated are Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Avtar Singh Pannun (United States), Gurpreet Singh Baagi (UK), Harpreet Singh (US), Paramjit Singh ‘Pamma’ (UK), Sarabjit Singh Bannur (UK), Amardeep Singh Purewal (California, United States), J S Dhaliwal (Canada) and others.The NIA stated its examination found that the SFJ, a secessionist attire drifted in the clothes of a ‘human rights advocacy group’ having its workplaces in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia, was a frontal organisation of Khalistani terrorist outfits operating from Pakistan. “Under this (Referendum 2020) project, numerous social networks accounts on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube channels and a number of sites have been introduced, which are being utilized to propagate sedition along with enmity on the grounds of area and religion, to radicalise impressionable youth, to cause disturbance to peace and consistency and to raise funds for terrorist activities,” the agency said.The NIA stated SFJ has been attempting to weaken the security of the Indian state by prompting Sikh personnel in the Army to rise in mutiny versus India. “The SFJ is likewise trying to radicalise youth of Kashmir and freely extending support for secession of Kashmir from India,” the firm said in a statement on Wednesday.After Gurpatwant Pannun, Nijjar and Paramjit ‘Pamma’– chief clients of SFJ– were designated as “terrorists” under UAPA, the NIA identified unmovable homes coming from Gurpatwant Pannun in Amritsar and to Nijjar in Jalandhar. Based on the demand of the NIA, the house ministry has actually ordered accessory of these properties.