Pro-Khalistani Slogans Appear on Delhi Metro Stations, Police Investigate

Pro-Khalistan slogans were discovered on Delhi Metro station walls, prompting a police investigation and removal of the graffiti. The incident is the latest in a series of similar cases linked to supporters of the banned terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).

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Bijay Laxmi
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Pro-Khalistani Slogans Appear on Delhi Metro Stations, Police Investigate

Pro-Khalistani Slogans Appear on Delhi Metro Stations, Police Investigate

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, pro-Khalistan slogans were discovered on the walls of Karol Bagh and Jhandewala stations of the Delhi Metro. This incident is the latest in a series of similar cases reported in the past, allegedly linked to supporters of the banned terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).

Why this matters: The resurgence of pro-Khalistani graffiti in Delhi highlights the ongoing tensions between the Indian government and Sikh separatist groups, which could have implications for national security and communal harmony. The incident also underscores the need for authorities to address the root causes of such movements and ensure that public spaces remain free from hate speech and divisive propaganda.

The Delhi Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) in the case and requested CCTV footage from the concerned metro stations to aid in their investigation. The graffiti, which included slogans like "Delhi Banega Khalistan" (Delhi will become Khalistan), "Khalistan Zindabad" (Long live Khalistan), and "Khalistan Referendum Zindabad" (Long live Khalistan Referendum), was promptly removed by authorities.

This incident follows a pattern of similar occurrences in the past year. In August 2023, the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Preetpal, a member of SFJ, for allegedly spray-painting pro-Khalistani graffiti and slogans at Metro stations in Delhi. Prior to the G20 summit in the National Capital, Khalistani graffiti emerged on several metro rail stations. A week before Republic Day in 2023, SFJ members spray-painted graffiti in several West Delhi neighborhoods, leading to two arrests.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the SFJ chief, recently stated, "Reminding G20 leaders that violence begets violence. Indian government's use of bullets against pro-Khalistan Sikhs has reached Canada, UK, and Australia." The SFJ, a US-based secessionist group, was banned by the Indian government in 2019 for its alleged anti-national activities.

The Khalistan movement, which seeks to create a separate homeland for Sikhs, has been a contentious issue in India for decades. The movement gained prominence in the 1980s, leading to a period of insurgency and violence in Punjab. While the Indian government has largely suppressed the movement, sporadic incidents like the recent graffiti at Delhi Metro stations serve as a reminder of the underlying tensions.

As the police continue their investigation into the latest incident, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to identify and apprehend those responsible for the pro-Khalistani slogans. The Delhi Police have assured the public that they are taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the city's metro system.

Key Takeaways

  • Pro-Khalistan slogans found on Delhi Metro stations on May 12, 2024.
  • Incident linked to banned terrorist outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).
  • Delhi Police file FIR, request CCTV footage, and remove graffiti.
  • Similar incidents reported in past year, including arrests of SFJ members.
  • Khalistan movement seeks separate Sikh homeland, poses national security concerns.