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NIA Seizes Assets of Khalistani Extremist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in Punjab

The NIA has seized the assets of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the leader of the banned SFJ outfit, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has seized properties belonging to Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the leader of the banned Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) outfit, in Chandigarh and Amritsar. This action was taken under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

 

NIA Seizes Assets of Khalistani Extremist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in Punjab
NIA Seizes Assets of Khalistani Extremist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in Punjab

 

A notice announcing the confiscation of property has been posted outside Gurpatwant Singh Pannun’s residence in Chandigarh. The notice specifies the confiscation of a 1/4th share of the house owned by Pannun under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, due to his status as a ‘proclaimed offender’ in an NIA case with reference RC-19/2020/NIA/DLI. This action was taken by orders of the NIA special court in SAS Nagar, Mohali, Punjab, dated 14/09/2023, under section 33(5) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, and is intended for the information of the general public.

Likewise, a similar notice has been posted on the agricultural land that belongs to Gurpatwant Singh Pannu in his ancestral village of Khankot in Amritsar. The central investigative agency, NIA, has seized 46 kanals of agricultural land owned by Pannu in this village in connection with a terrorism case registered in the year 2020.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannu’s father, Mohinder Singh Pannu, originally hailed from Nathu Chak village in the Patti sub-division of Tarn Taran before the partition of India. However, following the partition, the family relocated to the village of Khankot in Amritsar.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is a notable figure as one of the founders of the US-based separatist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). He is known for his active lobbying efforts to advocate for a separate state for Sikhs, commonly referred to as Khalistan. Pannun’s activities in support of Khalistan have extended to various countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

In July 2020, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun was officially designated as a terrorist by the Union home ministry. Two months following this designation, the Indian government took action by ordering the attachment of his properties under Section 51A of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Pannun has been actively involved in running a campaign against India and has been known to motivate Sikh youngsters, particularly in his home state of Punjab, to join militancy, which has raised serious concerns regarding national security.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has played a prominent role in organizing the self-proclaimed Khalistan Referendum, a campaign that encourages Sikhs around the world to vote on whether Punjab should attain independence as a religious-based nation.

Additionally, he has collaborated closely with Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canada-based individual whose murder has been a focal point in the diplomatic tensions between Ottawa and New Delhi. These activities have contributed to his reputation as a key figure in the Khalistan movement, which has raised concerns among governments regarding separatist movements and national security.

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