The Haryana Police on Sunday (July 13) registered a second FIR against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a US-based member of the banned pro-Khalistan outfit 'Sikhs for Justice' (SFJ), on charges of sedition and secessionism, PTI reported.
According to the report, Union Cabinet decided to declare SFJ as outlawed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, a Home Ministry official said.
US-based 'The Sikhs for Justice' (SFJ) launches Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda. The SFJ run by a few radical Sikhs of foreign nationality in the US, Canada, the UK, etc, was declared unlawful under the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
The group's primary objective is to establish an "independent and sovereign country" in Punjab. It openly espouses the cause of Khalistan and in that process challenges the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, the official said.
The official also said that the SFJ is also planning to conduct a Khalistan referendum on pilgrims who would visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan in future.
A Home Ministry statement said the Central Government has sent a strong warning to fringe groups operating from foreign soils that it will not tolerate secessionist activities, whether carried out in India or abroad, and will take strong action against such entities under law.
All the major representative bodies of the Sikh community, during consultations by Government of India, have categorically supported the above action. The group doesn't have any support or traction in the Sikh community.
Earlier this week, the Centre had declared nine Khalistani terrorists, including SFJ’s Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, are Babbar Khalsa International’s UK chief Paramijit Singh, Canada-based head of Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Germany-based members of Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) Gurmeet Singh Bagga and Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, and Pakistan-based terrorists – head of BKI Wadhawa Singh, Lakhbir Singh (International Sikh Youth Federation), Ranjeet Singh (Khalistan Zindabad Force) and Paramjit Singh (Khalistan Commando Force).