US-based banned pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has again threatened Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and announced a $125,000 reward for him to stop raising the tricolor in Shimla on India’s 75th Independence Day.
In an e-mail sent to media houses, SFJ’s general counsel Gurupatwant Singh Pannun said, “Shimla will be the capital of independent Punjab and the Sikh sovereign will raise Khalistani flags there.”
He urged the people of Himachal to refrain from hoisting the tricolor on August 15.
“This issue is between Sikhs and India and since the Modi government has decided to use violence, the people of Himachal should stay away from this conflict,” Pannun said.
He said the SJF had released a map of the areas scheduled to secede from India through the Khalistan referendum on July 26, 2022, and declared Shimla as the future capital of Sikh homeland Khalistan.
The SFJ’s map covers areas of pre-1966 Punjab, including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Sikh majority areas of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, he said.
Pannun had issued a similar threat before Independence Day last year, after which an FIR was registered at the Cyber Crime Police Station in Shimla under IPC Sections 124 (sedition), 153-A (act prejudicial to the maintenance of peace), 506 (intimidation). ), and other sections of the 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, along with Section 66 of the IT Act, 2000.