Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has issued threats to assassinate Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and the Director Common of state Police Gaurav Yadav on Republic Day.
In keeping with an India Right now report, Pannun known as on gangsters to come back collectively and perform an assault in opposition to the Chief Minister on 26 January.
These threats mark the newest incidents in a sequence of menacing declarations by Pannun, the founding father of Sikh For Justice (SFJ) and a delegated terrorist, concentrating on varied Indian institutions and authorities.
In the meantime, Pannu additionally threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dared him to attend the Republic Day perform on 26 January with out safety.
“I dare Modi, you come to Delhi without your security. If you are a popular leader, come to Delhi on R-Day without security and SFJ is going to avenge the assassination of Shaheed Nijjar by raising Khalistan flag,” Enterprise Right now quoted him as saying in a video.
In June final yr, Hardeep Singh Nijjar was killed by unidentified assailants at a gurudwara in Canada’s Surrey.
The India-Canada ties strained after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September final yr accused “agents of the Indian government” of being concerned within the killing of Nijjar.
India, in response, dismissed these allegations as “absurd and motivated.” Subsequently, each Ottawa and New Delhi engaged in reciprocal expulsions of diplomats following Trudeau’s declare of Indian involvement in Nijjar’s loss of life. India additionally briefly halted the issuance of visas to Canadian residents and requested Ottawa to scale back its diplomatic presence within the nation for the sake of parity. In compliance, Canada withdrew 41 diplomats together with their relations from India.
Final month, a video surfaced that includes Pannun saying his intention to focus on the Indian Parliament on or earlier than 13 December. Previous to this, one other video emerged through which the Khalistani militant issued a risk on November 19, warning of potential hazard to people planning to journey through Air India. The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) has initiated a case in opposition to him in reference to the Air India risk video.
The federal government had beforehand designated the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) as an “unlawful association” in 2019, accusing it of participating in “anti-national and subversive” actions. Moreover, in 2020, Pannun was categorised by the Centre as an “individual terrorist,” citing his encouragement of “Punjab-based gangsters and youth” to advocate for Khalistan.
In November of the previous yr, US authorities indicted Nikhil Gupta, an Indian nationwide, for his alleged involvement in a homicide plot concentrating on Pannun on American soil. In keeping with US officers, Gupta had agreed to pay $100,000 to an murderer for the execution, with an preliminary cost of $15,000 made in June of the identical yr. Subsequently, Gupta was arrested within the Czech Republic on the behest of US authorities.
With inputs from companies