On 13 October, the NIA conducted raids at six locations in Ferozepur, Ludhiana, and Moga in Punjab in connection with the Sikh youths arrested for allegedly hoisting the Khalistan flag at Moga’s district headquarters in Punjab. The US-based separatist group SFJ is banned by the government for its alleged anti-national activities.
On August 14, two miscreants hoisted a yellow-colored flag with Khalistan written on it on the terrace of the four-storied building of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office Complex in Moga, according to the NIA spokesperson.
They also cut the rope of the Indian flag hoisted near the main gate and dragged it along with the rope, the official said.
Punjab Police arrested Akashdeep Singh, Jogwinder Singh, Inderjit Singh, Jaspal Singh, and Ram Tirath. Following the orders by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India. The case was re-registered by NIA as RC-30/2020/NIA/DLI under sections 121, 121A, 124A, 153A, 1538 of IPC and section 2 of Prevention of Insults to National Honours Act, 1972.
The cyber café belonging to accused Jaspal Singh was also searched. During searches, various electronics items like pen drives, laptops, hard disc, and other incriminating documents have been seized, said a spokesperson of the NIA.