Pro-Khalistani posters come up in Delhi ahead of Republic Day
Pro-Khalistani posters and graffiti spotted at several places in West Delhi ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 brought the Delhi Police on its toes. The posters reading "Khalistan Zindabad", "Sikhs for Justice," and "Referendum 2020" were seen at Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Paschim Vihar, and Peeragarhi, following which a case was registered and the Delhi Police's anti-terror unit hopped on the investigation.
Why does this story matter?
- Two years ago on Republic Day, amid the anti-farm laws agitation, some protesters breached the Red Fort and hoisted the Nishan Sahib, considered sacred for Sikhs, which the Khalistanis refer to as their flag.
- Referendum 2020 was a secessionist campaign by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) demanding Khalistan, a separate homeland for Sikhs. SFJ has been banned in India for its alleged anti-national activities.
Police removed posters, painted walls
The Delhi Police quickly took down all the posters and repainted walls bearing the graffiti. Police stepped up patrols in the area and scanned CCTV cameras. Footage showed some masked men, following which the police filed a case under Sections 153B and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for promoting enmity between two groups and criminal conspiracy, respectively.
Issue doesn't affect security: Delhi Police PRO
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