MHA extends ban on Khalistani group Sikhs for Justice for another 5 years

MHA extends ban on Khalistani group Sikhs for Justice for another 5 years

New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Tuesday extended the ban on Khalistani group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) by five years for “indulging in activities prejudicial to the internal security of India”.

The current five-year ban ends on Wednesday.

In a gazette notification, the MHA said the SFJ, which has called for a referendum on Khalistan, is involved in “anti-national and subversive” activities in Punjab and elsewhere, aimed at disrupting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.

The organisation is in close contact with militant groups and activists and supports violent forms of extremism and militancy in Punjab and elsewhere to create a sovereign Khalistan in the Union Territory of India, the notification said.

It also encourages and assists activities for secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union Territory of India and supports separatist groups fighting for this purpose in India and elsewhere by indulging in activities and articulations aimed at disrupting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, the MHA added.

Providing the justification for extending the ban under UAPA 1967, the MHA said the SFJ continues to advocate secession of Punjab from the Indian Union and formation of Khalistan, propagate anti-national and separatist sentiments prejudicial to the territorial integrity and security of the country and intensify secessionist movements, support militancy and incite violence.

India has been questioned over an alleged assassination attempt on Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in the US, with US officials claiming that a RAW officer, through a private person, tried to hire an American hitman to kill Pannun.

Nikhil Gupta, who allegedly collaborated with a RAW agent in the project, was recently extradited from Czechoslovakia to the US. India has denied any involvement in the assassination attempt on Pannun.

Published July 9, 2024, 1:15 p.m. IST