Sarbat Khalsa: For sedition FIR, Punjab cops rely on social media

Police has collected video clips of the event, which was streamed on the internet, and allegedly found that speeches delivered from stage were aimed at hurting national integrity, sovereignty.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar | Published:November 15, 2015 3:00 am
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THE PUNJAB police have relied on social media platforms to build its sedition case against radical Sikh outfits that had organised the Sarbat Khalsa (Sikh congregation) at Amritsar on November 10. According to the FIR registered on Friday, the station house officer (SHO) at the Chittiwind Police Station in Amritsar district has collected video clips of the event, which was streamed on the internet, and allegedly found that speeches delivered from stage “not only spread communal hate but were also aimed at hurting national integrity, sovereignty”.

“As a result of the speeches made from the stage, supporters raised slogans to spread hatred in different groups and sects and hoisted anti-country flags. Incited by the speeches, some supporters raised communal and anti-country slogans while going back to their homes after conclusion of event. This act of supporters created an environment of fear and communalism among the common people. Investigation found that the environment of fear has been created among the people (sic),” the FIR reads.

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The FIR also mentions the messages read out on stage. “At the gathering, Papalpreet Singh Marari read a provocative message from dangerous jailed terrorist of Babar Khalsa Narain Singh Chaura. In the same event, one more dangerous convicted terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara was appointed Jathedar of Akal Takht,” it states.

Police have also based their claims of ISI links to the event on a letter, allegedly put out on social media by Babbar Khalsa International chief Wadhawa Singh Babbar.

“Self-styled chief of terrorist organisation Babbar Khalsa International, Wadhawa Singh Babbar, who is living in Pakistan and working with ISI to execute anti-India activities, has thanked (the Sarbat Khalsa) for appointing Jagtar Singh Hawara as Akal Takht Jathdera via a open letter on social media. He has provoked youth for armed freedom struggle and teach a lesson to anti-Panthic elements (sic),” the sedition FIR reads.

The FIR names a number of NRI leaders as well. Those who have been named include Simranjit Singh Mann, Dhyan Singh Mand, Jasjarn Singh Kahan Singh Wala, Mohkam Singh and Gurdeep Singh Bathinda.

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  1. J
    Nov 16, 2015 at 7:03 am
    Indian politicians and police need to realize that this is 21st century. A community has the right to gather to discuss its own future. Sikhs will never create fear for anyone. Today Sikhs feel alienated with all the injustices inflicted upon them by India.
  2. P
    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:19 am
    The police need to calm down and stop with this tyranny and help find the people who tore the holy books. It's interesting how fast the found the criminals that ripped the hindu holy books but it's taking them forever to find people who ripped sikh holy books. Coincidence? I think not.
  3. P
    Nov 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm
    Sikhs need to stay on high alert in india as there is no one left to trust in these dark times. Punjab police, the Badals, indian government are all acting out there secret agenda planned years before. Sikhs lifes matter, if need be we will report this to the UN and I will see if India will ever get that seat they wanted so bad. India's image as secular and democracy are all false.
  4. S
    Nov 15, 2015 at 9:27 am
    resorting to fear mongering pure and simple
  5. S
    Sarbjit Sarbjit
    Nov 30, 2015 at 1:27 am
    Just see what mischief the Badals have been upto in Punjab, as if its their own fiefdom. Badals you will see nobody will forget what you have done to the sikhs since you came to power three four times. and the damage to Golden Temple, you are responsible equally alongwith Khangr. Your age is now 80 and your feet are half in grave. You should not do these activities which are against sikhs interest. Waheguru will take each and every account from you and your son. You are working against sikh farmers interest, who are poor and toil all day in fields to produce enough to feed the country.
  6. G
    GIPPY Sroay
    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:30 am
    Police and Indian media is the puppet of government ... All the Punjab even world know what is wrong and who is but the power of political leader pushing it far away in the state and don't agree with it ... its democracy where only power wins not the rights ..think we made them we deserve this ??
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