The anti-terror probe agency NIA on Wednesday said it had conducted searches at six locations in Ferozepur, Ludhiana and Moga districts of Punjab in connection with cases related to cadres of banned outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).
Officials in the NIA said during searches the agency sleuths seized a host of electronic items, including pen drives, laptops, hard discs and other incriminating documents.
They said the case related to hoisting of the Khalistani flag by SFJ cadres at Moga Deputy Commissioner’s office on the eve of Independence Day, 2020, and the crime was committed by the miscreants who were offered cash rewards at the behest of Gurpatwant Singh Pannu of the outfit for the act.
The officials said the premises, which were searched, belonged to accused Akashdeep Singh, Jogwinder Singh, Inderjeet Singh, Jaspal Singh and Ram Tirath. The cyber cafe belonging to accused Jaspal Singh was also searched, they added.
Later, in a statement, the NIA said, “On August 14, 2020, two miscreants hoisted a yellow-coloured flag with Khalistan written on it on the terrace of the four-storey building of the Deputy Commissioner Office Complex, Moga, Punjab, and while coming back, they cut the rope of the Indian National Flag hoisted near the main gate and dragged the flag along with the rope.”
It said that in this regard a case was registered at Moga Police Station on the same day, which was later re-registered by the NIA under various sections of IPC and Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honours Act, 1972.