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Poster of Khalistan in front of the temple of Patiala: 2 people linked to the SFJ arrested

Four days after a pro-Khalistan poster was plastered on the wall of Shri Kali Mata Mandir, police in Patiala on Tuesday arrested two people linked to Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

A poster related to the “Khalistan Referendum” was reportedly pasted on a temple wall late on July 14.

Those arrested were identified as Harwinder Singh alias Prince who is from Salempur Sekhan village in Shambu and currently residing in Rajpura; and Prem Singh alias Ekam, also from Salempur Sekhan villafe. Police recovered 13 posters related to the Khalistan referendum, two mobile phones and a motorcycle used in the crime.

IG MS Chhina and Patiala SSP Deepak Pareek in a press conference said the investigation is being monitored by the DGP and teams have been formed to investigate the matter.

Pareek said thorough technical investigations revealed that the poster was put up by Harwinder and Prem after some foreign-based anti-national elements tricked them into doing so in exchange for money or by offering to install them at the stranger.

The SSP said Harwinder worked in Malaysia for more than two years where he came into contact with them and even after returning to India he continued to communicate with them via WhatsApp.

After receiving the posters and the money, they put up the posters in four places including the cantonment area in Ambala, Aryan College in Rajpura, Shri Kali Mata temple in Patiala and on a sign board near the temple Sheetla Mata in Patiala.

They also wrote pro-Khalistan slogans using spray paint on a bridge in Rajpura.

“The Accused planned to post these posters at or near the sites of Independence Day programs and other important places including DC office, Mohali and some other government buildings in Chandigarh, Kasauli and Solan “, said the SSP.