MOGA: Two miscreants put a saffron flag with ‘Khalistan’ written on it on the terrace of the district administrative complex in Moga on Friday morning, while their accomplice had filmed the incident from a distance, despite the security alert on the eve of Independence Day.
The two men then fled and took away the Tricolour and allegedly tore it.
After getting information about the incident, police personnel removed the saffron flag and put up a new Tricolour on the roof of the building.
Moga senior superintendent of police Harmanbir Singh Gill said that at 8:15 in the morning, two youngsters brought along the saffron flag. “It was a normal flag with the Khanda symbol but they had written Khalistan on it with paint,” said SSP Gill.
Inspector general of police Kaustubh Sharma said, “We have CCTV footage of the accused and will arrest them soon.”
The incident took place days after the banned pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) announced a reward of US$1,25,000 (Rs 93 lakh) for anyone who puts up the ‘Khalistan flag’ at Red Fort on Independence Day, August 15.
SFJ leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu also released a video of the Moga incident. In the video, the two men are seen tearing the Tricolour and escaping with it. At the end of the video, Pannu announced a reward of $2,500 (Rs 1.8 lakh) for anyone raising the ‘Khalistan flag’ at panchayat ghars on Independence Day.
“It seems all this was done for money. While fleeing, they took away the National Flag with them. We are trying to recover it,” said SSP Gill.
An eyewitness was taken into custody as police suspect his involvement in the incident.
A case has been registered under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act at the city police station in Moga.