Khalistan banners On HP Vidhan Sabha gate in Dharamsala, alert in state

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Bbanners of Khalistan on the main gate of Vidhan Sabha complex at Topovan in Dharamsala on Sunday morning. The Himachal Pradesh police have booked US-based NRI, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, chief of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has ordered an investigation after flags of ‘Khalistan’ were found draped over the gates and boundary wall of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Dharamshala on Sunday and pro-Khalistan graffiti was painted on its walls.

HP has sealed inter-state borders. Strict vigil of hotels and other “probable hideouts” has also been ordered. Bomb disposal units have been put on high alert and security strengthened for critical state infrastructure, the official order said.

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Security has been put on high alert at the state borders and “intensive” night patrolling by the police has been ordered.

SFJ has announced that it will hold a ‘Khalistan’ referendum on June 6 in Himachal Pradesh.

The police have have been directed to keep special security units, bomb disposal squads and quick reaction teams in position and on high alert. The security forces have been directed to strengthen the security of dams, railway stations, bus stands, towns and all other places.