Shimla: After a threat from a Pro-Khalistani outfit that it will not allow to hoist the national flag in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday urged the people to place tricolour in their houses on the occasion of Independence Day to give a befitting reply to the separatists.
In a statement in the state assembly, Mr Thakur said that threat calls and messages were received on the mobile phones of many people including him.
Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, Members of Assembly Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Asha Kumari, Vikramaditya, Sunder Singh, and Lakhvinder Rana among some media persons were received similar calls.
Informing that these calls are being made from Canada in the form of recorded messages, Mr Thakur said that the caller identified himself as Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the general counsel for ‘Sikh For Justice.’
The Chief Minister said that the cyber unit of state police have already lodged an FIR into the threat call made to the media persons booking the accused under UAPA and sedition law.
He said that state police decided to beef up the security cover of Himachal Pradesh Governor Rajinder Vishvanath Arlekar, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, BJP president J P Nadda and Union Minister Anurag Thakur.
Mr Mukesh Agnihotri said that similar calls have been made for a long time in Punjab and other states.
However, it is the first time that Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Congress leader, and media persons have got the threats.
LoP said that the Congress legislative party leaders are getting more threat calls on their number compared to
ruling BJP leaders, however, the Congress is in the forefront to support the cause of farmers against the three farms.