Punjab Polls 2022: Security On Alert After Sikhs For Justice Founder Calls For ‘Rail-Punjab Bandh’ Today
Punjab -The intelligence agencies on Saturday issued a nationwide security alert because Punjab is set to go for polling on Sunday.
The agencies sounded the alert because of the video of the most-wanted terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who is the founder of the pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). Pannun issued a video on Facebook and called for a ‘Rail Punjab Bandh’ on February 19. Voting for Punjab’s 117-member assembly will take place in a single phase on February 20.
According to India Today, in the video, Pannun asked his followers to install “Kesri Khalistan” flags at polling stations in various cities of Punjab. He also asked his followers to shout slogans of “Khalistan Zindabad” on February 20, the day of the election.
He also alleged the recent death of Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu was a “political murder”. He revealed that the actor was a “true follower” of Jarnail Singh Bhrindanwale and always supported the demand for a separate Khalistan. He asked his followers to avenge his death.
The Punjabi actor turned activist was among the accused in the January 26 Red Fort violence 2021. He was killed in a road accident on February 15 in Haryana’s Sonipat district.
Reportedly, the Intelligence agencies have been asked to remain alert after his warning. The intelligence agencies will take all necessary measures to prevent any untoward incident.
The Punjab Legislative Assembly elections will be held in Punjab on 20 February 2022 to elect the 117 members of the 16th Assembly of the Punjab Legislative Assembly. The result will be declared on 10 March 2022. All the political parties have stepped up their game to win the Punjab election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on February 16, addressed a rally in Pathankot to woo the voters. Reportedly, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is banking heavily on Hindu votes to win the election.