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.