Indian govt extends ban on Pro-Khalistani outfit Sikhs for Justice by 5 years

This decision, taken under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, follows after new evidence was found during investigations by NIA.

The Indian government has extended the ban on pro-Khalistani group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for another five years. This decision, taken under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, follows new evidence found during investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Sikhs For Justice, which operates out of the United States, is led by Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who was officially labeled as a terrorist by the Indian government on July 1, 2020. The NIA has opened multiple cases against both SFJ and Pannun, accusing them of actions that threaten India’s sovereignty and integrity.

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According to a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) statement, SFJ has been involved in activities “prejudicial to the internal security of India and public order.” The MHA added that the group’s efforts have the potential to disrupt the country’s peace, unity, and stability.

“The activities of SFJ possess the potential to destabilize the peace, unity, and integrity of the nation,” the ministry exclaimed. Initially banned in July 2019, SFJ has continued to advocate for the Khalistan movement, challenging India’s territorial integrity.

The NIA’s recent findings, which include new evidence, prompted the extension of the ban. Last year, the NIA also seized properties belonging to Pannun in Punjab and Chandigarh. Officials report that SFJ has been working closely with militant groups and activists, promoting violent extremism in Punjab and elsewhere to create a separate Khalistan state.

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