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NIA files charge sheet against 16 foreign based Khalistanis in Referendum 2020

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a chargesheet against 16 “foreign-based Khalistanis.”

The charge-sheeted accused include US residents- Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Avtar Singh Pannun, Harpreet Singh, and several UK and Canadian residents – Paramjit Singh, Kulwant Singh Mothada. This comes months after the NIA raided Paramjit Singh Pamma’s home in Punjab’s Mohali.

They were involved in an organised conspiracy for launching a concerted secessionist campaign under the banner of ‘Referendum 2020’ for the creation of ‘Khalistan’.

The charge sheet was filed under u/s 120B, 124A, 153A, 153B and 505 of IPC and 13, 17 and 18 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Paramjit Singh who have been designated as terrorists by a Home Ministry notification under the anti-terror law. Pannun stays in the U.S, Nijjar is at present in Canada and Singh is in the U.K.

Investigation in the case has revealed that Sikhs for justice, a secessionist outfit floated in the garb of “Human rights advocacy group” with its offices in various foreign countries like USA, Canada, the UK, Australia etc. is a frontal organization of Khalistan terrorist outfits operating from foreign soils including Pakistan. Under this campaign numerous social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube channels and a number of websites have been launched to propagate sedition as well as enmity on the grounds of region and religion.

Further investigation in the case continues.

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