Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh welcomed the decision of Government to ban the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organisation and declare it as an unlawful. Taking to Twitter, the senior Congress leader said that the need now is for a war against the terror outfit, which poses a grave threat for the people.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Captain Singh also said nobody, including the Akali Dal, should play it down, adding that the nations allowing the Sikhs for Justice group in their soil for anti-India activities should also be stopped.
In a major move, the Union Cabinet earlier on Wednesday declared the Sikhs for Justice fringe group as an unlawful association. The MHA sources had informed the news agency ANI, that the SFJ was run by few radical Sikhs of foreign nationality in US, Canada, UK etc, as an unlawful association under the provision 3(1) of UAPA, Act 1967. There have been 12 cases filed against the organisation and 39 people connected to the group have been arrested.
MHA sources also told that the Sikhs for Justice wanted to use Kartarpur Corridor for propagating their secessionist ideology. Punjab Police and the NIA have busted several modules of SFJ which indulged in various subversive activities in the state. During the probe, it was revealed that activists were radicalised and funded by foreign-based SFJ handlers Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Harmeet Singh, Paramjit Singh Pamma. As per MHA sources, the SFJ and its secessionist campaign Referendum 2020 is supported by Pakistan.
Notably, a group of Sikh protestors sporting "Punjab Referendum 2020" T-shirts and chanting pro-Khalistan slogans were also evicted from the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester on Tuesday during the first World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand.