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Himachal CM won't be allowed to hoist Tricolour, threatens pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will not be allowed to hoist the national flag in the hill state, Sikhs for Justice has threatened.

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Shimla Published on: July 30, 2021 14:01 IST
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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur 

Pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice has purportedly issued a threat that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will not be allowed to hoist the national flag in the hill state. The threat was made through a recorded phone call to a majority of Shimla-based journalists simultaneously at 10.54 am. The caller identified itself as Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the general counsel for SFJ.

"We will not allow Jai Ram Thakur to hoist Indian tricolour," he said, adding it was from the general counsel of Sikhs for Justice from Washington DC. Then again in English, he said, "Himachal Pradesh was part of Punjab and we are seeking a referendum in Punjab. Once we liberate Punjab, we will make sure that we take over Himachal Pradesh areas which were part of Punjab."

Pannun also asked farmers and pro-Khalistan Sikhs to not allow Jai Ram Thakur to hoist the tricolour.

Some of the general public in Himachal Pradesh also claimed that they have received similar phone call. The police has, so far, not commented on the threat.

US-based SFJ pushes for Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda. The group's primary objective is to establish an "independent and sovereign country" in Punjab. It openly espouses the cause of Khalistan and in that process challenges the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.

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