New Delhi: The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has rejected India’s appeal to issue a Red Corner Notice against Khalistan separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Punnu in terror cases.
Sources have said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had submitted all the inputs on behalf of Indian agencies but the Interpol sent back the appeal asking more questions.
Government sources have asserted that as some reports are claiming, Interpol has not flagged any misuse of the Anti-Terror Law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, UAPA.
Some reports had said that the UAPA was being “misused” against the minority community and human rights activists and their right to fair action was “not being respected”.
The founder of Sikhs for Justice, a pro-Khalistan organisation in Canada, was made the main accused in the case of hanging Khalistani banners and making graffiti on the Dharamshala assembly in Himachal Pradesh in May. His organisation, Sikhs for Justice, was banned by the central government in 2019 for anti-India activities.
In January this year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to the arrest of SFJ operative Jaswinder Singh Multani. Multani is accused of carrying out terror attacks in Mumbai and other parts of India in connivance with an ISI operative.
Multani is close aide of Gurpatwant Singh Pannu and had come to the notice for sending arms and ammunition across the Punjab border. These weapons were sent with the help of Pakistan-based operatives and arms smugglers. He allegedly planned terror activities in Punjab and used smuggled weapons with the help of gangsters and extremists.