SFJ, pro-Khalistan group, spreading anti-national messages to disturb Amarnath yatra, case filed: J&K Police

Srinagar Police registered the case under UAP law at Kothibagh Police Station for anti-national and communal overtones in relation to Amarnath Yatra. (PTI)

Srinagar: Srinagar Police said on Friday they have filed a complaint against some individuals and groups, including Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), for spreading anti-national messages ahead of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra. The SFJ is a US-based group that wants Khalistan to be a separate homeland for Punjabi Sikhs.

Srinagar Police registered the case under UAP law at Kothibagh Police Station for anti-national and communal overtones in relation to Amarnath Yatra.

In a statement, police said they have reliably learned that some people and groups, including SFJ, are spreading anti-national messages and engaging in activities that promote enmity between different religious groups.

These groups spread secessionist messages thereby challenging and disrupting India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the statement said, adding that such activities are likely to disrupt peace and public order in J&K.

Based on the information received and for the purpose of identifying these groups and individuals, an FIR has been registered pursuant to Sections 13 UA(P) Act 153-A, 153-B, 505 IPC.

The development comes a week after SFJ Gurpatwant Singh Pannu urged the Kashmiri people to block Amarnath yatris in response to separatist Yasin Malik’s conviction.

Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar said on Monday that the forces had been ordered to be on high alert as there were sticky bomb threats during Amarnath Yatra which will start from June 30. He said terrorists could carry out attacks on Amarnath Yatra.

Kumar said the threat of sticky bombs was serious, especially if and when vehicles carrying tourists, pilgrims and security forces got stuck in traffic jams. He said terrorists or any disbeliever can fix the bomb on a vehicle.

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