New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has initiated legal action against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the founder of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), over a threat video targeting Air India. Pannun, designated as a terrorist, issued warnings on November 4, stating that Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport would be renamed, and operations would cease on November 19. He specifically threatened those intending to travel via Air India, cautioning them about potential danger to their lives.
The NIA has registered a case against Pannun under IPC sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), and 506 (criminal intimidation). Additionally, charges under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, including being a member of an unlawful association, participating in unlawful activities, and supporting terrorist acts, have been filed.
In the video, Pannun urged Sikh individuals to avoid Air India on November 19, warning of a global blockade. The final match of the Men’s Cricket World Cup between India and Australia took place in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on the specified date.
Earlier, on October 10, Pannun had threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawing parallels with the Israel-Palestine conflict and cautioning about a potential similar “reaction” in India. He has been under the NIA’s scrutiny since 2019, accused of playing a primary role in advocating and commissioning terror acts, spreading fear and terror in Punjab and other parts of India through threats and intimidation. Pannun, an Amritsar-born individual, leads the banned SFJ outfit based in the United States.