In a significant development in the fight against terrorism and extremism, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken a major step to disrupt the financial network of Khalistani extremist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in the state of Punjab. The NIA’s operation led to the seizure of assets linked to Pannun in Punjab.
A property confiscation notice pasted outside Pannun’s residence at sector 15 in Chandigarh reads, “1/4th share of house no. #2033 Sector 15-C, Chandigarh, owned by Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, a ‘proclaimed offender’ in NIA case RC- 19/2020/NIA/DLI, stands confiscated to the state under section 33(5) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 by orders of the NIA special court, SAS Nagar, Mohali, Punjab, Dated 14/09/2023. This is for information of the general public.”
A similar notice was put up on the agricultural land belonging to Gurpatwant Singh Pannu in his ancestral village Khankot in Amritsar. The central probe agency has confiscated 46 kanal of agricultural land belonging to Pannu in the village in relation to a terror case registered in 2020.
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a prominent figure in the pro-Khalistan movement, has long been on the radar of Indian authorities for his alleged involvement in promoting separatism and inciting violence.
The Khalistan movement, which seeks to establish an independent Sikh state in Punjab, has been a matter of concern for Indian authorities for several decades. While the movement has witnessed a decline in recent years, sporadic attempts to revive it remain a challenge.
The seizure of Pannun’s assets in Punjab is expected to disrupt the flow of funds to extremist activities, thereby hampering their ability to carry out their agenda. It also serves as a warning to others involved in similar activities that the government is resolute in its determination to root out extremism and preserve the unity of the nation.
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