'Two accused involved in 'Khalistan' flag incident, one nabbed': Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur

New Delhi: 

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Wednesday informed that on accused has been arrested earlier today in a matter related to tie Khalistani flags on the gate of state Assembly. The CM said as many as two accused were involved in the matter. 

Thakur said, “I would like to say that in the case where Khalistani flags were tied on the Himachal Pradesh Assembly gate, I am sharing for the first time that there were two accused who had come to carry out the whole incident. One of them has been arrested earlier today.”

Having been asked on a reported threat issued by a banned outfit in reference of the grenade blast outside the Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali, Thakur said such incidents are “a matter of concern”.

Meanwhile, after ‘Khalistan’ flags were found tied on the Himachal Pradesh Assembly main gate and walls, the state police on Sunday booked banned outfit ‘Sikhs for Justice’ (SFJ) general counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and called him the ‘main accused’ in the case.

“I don’t want to say anything on a threat to me and as far as Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is concerned, I don’t take him very seriously, but some incidents are happening which is a matter of concern,” he said.

“Keeping in view the incidents of Khalistani elements in the neighbouring states and also the incident of tying a Khalistani banner took place in Una district on April 11 and the recent incident of hoisting banners and graffiti of Khalistan on the outer boundary of Vidhan Sabha in Dharamshala as well as the threat posed by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) regarding the announcement of June 6 as the voting date for the Khalistan Referendum in Himachal Pradesh, the DGP-HP has issued directions to the field formations to remain on high alert from today,” said the statement issued by the Himachal Pradesh Police.

Soon after the incident came to light, a police official informed that the flags were removed from the gates and walls.

Superintendent of Police, Kangra, Khushal Sharma said, “We have removed the Khalistan flags from the Vidhan Sabha gate. It could be an act of some tourists from Punjab.” 

(With inputs from ANI)


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