The Delhi Police Special Cell arrested two men associated with Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) for allegedly defacing walls of Metro stations in Delhi ahead of the G20 Summit.
The men had allegedly spray-painted walls of at least five Metro stations and a Delhi government school in West Delhi with pro-Khalistan slogans.
Last week, Udyog Nagar, Madipur, Paschim Vihar, Nangloi, Maharaja Surajmal Stadium, and Shivaji Park stations were defaced with slogans.
SFJ’s head Gurpatwant Singh Pannun had also posted a video of the walls and issued a warning. The graffiti was planned around a month back to be made on multiple metro stations and “get the attention” of the media and the police.
The police arrested main accused, Pritpal Singh (30), and his associate Rajwinder Singh from Faridkot in Punjab . Pritpal is the main accused and has been in touch with SFJ’s head Gurpatwant Singh Pannu for almost two years now. Pritpal allegedly received $3,500 for the job and was promised $3,500 more.
Spcial CP (Special Cell), HGS Dhaliwal stated that they had the video and the CCTV footage from different metro stations and the school outside Nangloi. They found a CCTV trail. It was deduced that they boarded an auto after painting graffiti from Shivaji Park Metro Station to Maharaja Surajmal Stadium. They deboarded the auto at Safdarjung Railway Station and subsequently took a train to Bathinda.
Dhaliwal added, “Pritpal met Pannun on social media in 2020 during the pandemic. He was scrolling through social media when he saw a post related to SFJ and interacted with the helpline number mentioned in the post. For supporting SFJ, he was initially given Rs 5,000. All transactions were made through Western Express".
The Special Cell also found out that Pritpal was sent a number to contact Pannun directly. The two messaged each other on the Signal app.
The officer further said, “Initially, Pritpal sent messages and was made to wait 10-15 days. He had already given his family details and names of his family members. After some time, Pannun replied to his texts and sent him voice notes and messages about the SFJ referendum and other things. When Pritpal’s uncle fell sick, Pannun allegedly sent Rs 90,000 to the family. The accused has received more than Rs 2 lakh through different means from Pannun".