Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a “listed individual terrorist,” is now a target of a National Investigation Agency (NIA) case due to his recent viral video in which he threatens to shut down Air India Airlines and place a worldwide embargo on the airline starting on November 19.
According to news agency ANI, Pannun has been charged by the NIA under sections 10, 13, 16, 17, 18, 18B, and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, as well as sections 120B, 153A, and 506 of the IPC.
Pannun asked Sikhs not to board Air India flights
The founder of the outlawed Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, asked Sikhs in a video published earlier this month not to board Air India flights after November 19 because they would be in danger.
He had stated that on November 19, Air India will not be permitted to operate. In addition, he had stated that the name of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi will change and it would remain closed on November 19.
“We are asking the Sikhs not to fly Air India on 19th November. On 19th November, there will be a global blockade and the Air India will not be allowed to fly anywhere across the world. Sikhs, you do not travel by Air India after 19th November. It can be life-threatening. This is my warning to the government of India. The Indira Gandhi International Airport should remain closed on the 19th of November,” he said in a 1.37-second video, as reported by India TV.
Asked hindi Canadian to leave
That being said, Pannun, the CEO of SFJ, has threatened before. Amidst a diplomatic spat between India and Canada after the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in September, he called on Hindu Canadians to leave the country.
In a social media video, Pannun claimed that Sikhs who supported Khalistan have continuously demonstrated their allegiance to Canada. He continued by threatening and pressuring Hindus living in Indo-Canada to leave the nation.
Notably, the murder of Sikh extremist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar has led to a diplomatic standoff between Canada and India.