BATHINDA, India (Diya TV) — In India, Counter Intelligence Bathinda apprehended two operatives linked to the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) group for writing anti-national slogans, including “Boycott Air India” and “Khalistan Zindabad,” at various public places in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The arrest follows an investigation backed by FIR registration.

During the operation, police recovered three cans of black spray, a Khalistan flag, and a motorcycle from the possession of the arrested individuals identified as Harmanpreet Singh and Lovepreet Singh. The slogans had appeared in several locations, such as district Bathinda during Independence Day, Dharmshala in Himachal Pradesh during the Cricket World Cup, and Hanumangarh Railway Station in Rajasthan.

Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab, Gaurav Yadav, revealed that the accused, in their confessions, disclosed their affiliation with SFJ and their connection to SFJ associate Jagjit Singh. The arrested duo had received about $1,500 in installments through Western Union from SFJ for their activities.

The SFJ, led by Gurpatwant Singh Pannu and Jagjeet Singh in New York, is banned by the Indian Government. Authorities say the graffiti is part of a coordinated effort that aims to create unrest and were strategically placed in different locations.

AIG Counter Intelligence Bathinda, Avneet Kaur Sidhu, provided further details, stating that the arrests followed reliable intelligence about the movement of the SFJ-linked individuals. The police teams apprehended the suspects at a special checkpoint on Bathinda-Badal road.