Delhi LG sanctions prosecution against Khalistani defacers for drawing multiple pro-Khalistani graffiti in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
Taking a stern stance against defacement terrorism by Khalistani outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has accorded sanction for the prosecution of two persons accused of drawing anti-national slogans across Delhi.
Accused Vikram Singh and Balram Singh were arrested by Delhi Police for drawing multiple pro-Khalistani graffiti in areas of Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Pachim Vihar, Peeragarhi, Meera Bagh and other adjoining parts of Western Delhi on January 19. During investigation, the accused confessed to such activities on the instruction of fugitive secessionist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the founder of the SFJ, the officials said.
The Lieutenant Governor has granted the sanction for prosecution under Section 196 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973, they said. The case was registered by the Special Cell of Delhi Police for the commission of offence under section 153B and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
Section 153B of IPC deals with imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integrity and social and religious harmony. The officials said that during investigations Delhi Police seized USB pen drives containing CCTV footage, proof of payments and location of mobile phones of the accused in the area where graffiti were drawn.
Investigations also revealed that a video was circulated on social media platforms wherein Pannun was advocating and encouraging secession through such graffiti and conspiring to disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. A similar defacement was recently carried out in Dabwali, Sirsa in Haryana where Khalistanis targeted the Secretariat. A case was registered but the accused are on the run.
It may be noted that SFJ has been indulging in defacement terrorism at International level and targeting various Temples, Diplomatic buildings and public places In Canada, UK, Australia and US. The Indian federal agencies are probing the incidents and zeroing on these defacement terrorists.
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