This Sunday morning began with some pictures circulating widely on internet, in which Khalisatni flags could be seen hung on white coloured walls. These white walls were the boundary wall of the Himachal Pradesh’s Legislative assembly. This is how the temple of democracy was maligned in Himachal Pradesh by the Khalistanis. The Himachal Pradesh Police has however taken it as a wake-up call, the Himachal CM Thakur needs to wake up first as the Khalistanis are at his door.
Khalistan flags hung at Himachal’s assembly
The hill state of India, Himachal Pradesh woke up on Sunday morning with the worrying news that some flags have been draped over the gates and walls of the state’s Legislative Assembly.
Photos emerged on the internet that brought into notice that a few flags with Khalisatan marks have been hung at the gate and boundary walls of Himachal Pradesh’s legislative assembly situated at Dharamshala. Not only this, but Khalistani slogans were also found written on the boundary walls of the assembly.
After the incident came to notice, the Kangra Police was informed. The incident was confirmed by Deputy Police Commissioner Dr.Nipun Jindal confirmed the incident. He said, “some miscreants had put up five to six Khalistani flags on the outer gate of the state legislative Assembly at Tapovan and had written Khalistan Zindabad slogans on the wall. The flags have been removed and the writings have been cleared. Police have registered a case and an investigation is in progress.”
Himachal Pradesh Police calls it a “wake up call”
Himachal Pradesh Police had filed a first information report (FIR) under sections 153-A, 153-B of the IPC which accounts for promoting enmity, along with section 3 of the Himachal Pradesh Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1985.
The Himachal Pradesh Police after its primary investigation has named Gurpatwant Singh Pannu to be the main conspirator in the case. Pannu is a US-based NRI, who heads the controversial organisation Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
The Himachal Pradesh Police has sealed all the inter-state borders. Hotels, inns, and crowded places have been checked and monitored as they could be possible hideouts. The security of dams, railway stations, and important government buildings has also been beefed up. Along with the above measures bomb disposal squads and quick response teams (QRT) have also been kept on high alert.
CM Thakur needs to wake up before it’s too late
Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur condemned the hanging of Khalistani flags at the walls and gates of the legislative assembly. He said that the incident will be probed and mentioned it as a “cowardly act”.
Thakur took to his Twitter account to warn the perpetrators to “come out in the light of the day and not in the dark of night” if they have the courage. He informed on the security breach that, “Only winter session is held in this assembly, so there is a need for more security arrangements here during that time.”
धर्मशाला विधानसभा परिसर के गेट पर रात के अंधेरे में खालिस्तान के झंडे लगाने वाली कायरतापूर्ण घटना की मैं निंदा करता हूं।
इस विधानसभा में केवल शीतकालीन सत्र ही होता है इसलिए यहां अधिक सुरक्षा व्यवस्था की आवश्यकता उसी दौरान रहती है।
— Jairam Thakur (@jairamthakurbjp) May 8, 2022
The incident has flagged concerns amid threat of a referendum for Khalistan on June 6. The Himachal Pradesh Police has suspected that Khalistani elements in neighbouring states.
Later in the day, SFJ claimed the responsibility for the incident. The secessionist group claimed that the flags were sent through Sikh activists who went with Bhagwant Mann to participate in an Arvind Kejriwal Jansabha at Mandi.
Pannu had earlier remarked that during the 38th year of Operation Blue Star, the pro-Khalistan group will announce the voting date for Khalistan Referendum in Himachal Pradesh. Therefore, this incident should be seen by CM Thakur as a clear message that the Khalistani terrorists are eyeing Himachal Pradesh.