SHIMLA: A day after secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) claimed responsibility for the act of putting up Khalistani flags and making graffiti at the entrance of the Vidhan Sabha complex in Dharamshala on Sunday, the Himachal Pradesh Police swung into action.
The police have added stringent provisions under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the case while SFJ founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has been made the main accused in the case registered at Dharamsala police station.
DGP Sanjay Kundu has also asked all police formations to stay alert in view of the Khalistani propaganda orchestrated by unidentified elements.
In a letter to subordinate staff, the DGP has cited pro-Khalistani activities in neighbouring states, the tying of a Khalistani banner in Una on April 11, the latest incident at Dharamsala as well as the threat posed by the announcement of June 6 as the voting date for “Khalistan referendum” announced by the SFJ in Himachal Pradesh.
The ADGP-CID, IGs and DIGs have been told to seal all inter-state barriers and keep a vigil at public places and probable hideouts of anti-social elements.
The police officials have been told to keep bomb disposal squads and quick reaction teams on standby and beef up security at vital installations, including dams, railway stations, bus stands and key government buildings. Police personnel have been told to sensitise the staff of banks, corporations and other offices in this regard.