Punjab Police to crackdown on pro-Khalistan elements demanding referendum

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Punjab Police to crackdown on pro-Khalistan elements demanding referendum

A fringe pro-Khalistan group had written a letter to Punjab CM challenging him and threatening of a continued campaign for a 'referendum for Khalistan'.

Punjab Police is likely to launch a crackdown on pro-Khalistan elements demanding a referendum for Khalistan. Police sources have confirmed this to India Today television.

Punjab Police haS taken a serious note of a letter written by a fringe pro-Khalistan outfit to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh.

In the letter, the group-- Sikhs For Justice (SFJ)-- has openly challenged the CM and threatened of a continued campaign for referendum.

"We are investigating the case and a number of agencies are working on it.We have also written to the Interpol. Nobody will be allowed to disturb peace," said, Suresh Arora, Director General of Police, Punjab.

Calling themselves an advocacy group, the SFJ has said that they will continue their 'political' campaign for 'independence' of Punjab.

The writer of the letter is Gurpatwant Singh Pannun against whom sedition case was registered in July 2017 when some posters and hoardings about 'referendum' came up in some villages in Punjab. The police had booked five Khalistan supporters out of whom three including Pannun live in the US.

Punjab police sources said pro-Khalistan outfits like SFJ are being instigated by ISI and these groups are trying to radicalise Sikh youths.

CM Amarinder Singh has ordered strict action against the pro-Khalistan elements. The police are keeping an eye on their activities.

Meanwhile, the issue of referendum has also kicked off a political slug-fest in the state.

Punjab CM has threatened an FIR against AAP's leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira as he reportedly supported the pro-Khalistan demands.

A news report had said that Khaira had supported the demand of referendum for Khalistan. Khaira has denied this.

Khaira, in turn shared a video in which Delhi Akali Dal chief Manjeet Singh GK is allegedly being heard saying, "It was within their rights, those who were demanding Khalistan".

"If by editing a video my opponents want to portray me as pro-2020 referendum, then what do Sukhbir, Majithia and Harsimrat have to say about Manjeet Singh GK who says the demand for Khalistan was within the rights?" says Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

The pro-Khalistan groups are demanding a referendum to be held in Punjab in the year 2020. The groups want the referendum to decide the formation of an independent Khalistan.