On the intervening night of June 14 and June 15, some anti-social elements wrote slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ on the walls near Shaktipeeth Shri Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar. The Police were informed about the incident in the morning, after which a Police party reached the spot and initiated an investigation into the matter.
The slogans have been painted over with spray paint, the police said. The investigating officers are checking CCTV footage from cameras nearby to identify the miscreants.
Punjab: Pro-Khalistan slogans seen scrawled on walls near Jalandhar Shakti Peeth, Devi Talab Mandir in Jalandhar— ANI (@ANI) June 15, 2022
Police say, “We’re checking CCTV footage to find out who wrote the slogans
Delhi CM-AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal & CM Bhagwant Mann to visit Jalandhar today pic.twitter.com/KogySCs57u
Notably, similar slogans were spotted near an educational institution on Lodawli Road in Jalandhar. Those slogans were also covered using spray paint by the Police. As per reports, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann are scheduled to visit Jalandhar to flag off Volvo buses from Jalandhar to Delhi Airport. Amidst VIP visits to the city, the Police are on high alert after finding such slogans on walls close to an important Shaktipeeth.
Banned terrorist organization Sikhs For Justice took responsibility for writing slogans on the walls near the temple. In an audio message released by SFJ’s Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, he said, “On June 15, before Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann’s visit to Jalandhar, slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ were written in Hindu dominating area near Devi Talab Mandir.”
He added, “I am asking a question to Hindus living in Punjab. Are you in favour of the Khalistan referendum or not? Because in previous times, Khalistan Referendum slogans used to come in the form of bullets. SFJ has converted bullets to slogans and votes. Support Khalistan Referendum.”
There have been multiple attempts to create Law and Order situation in Punjab by Khalistani elements. Earlier, similar slogans were found outside the house of session judges in Faridkot. On June 13, similar reports came from Ferozpur, where slogans of Khalistan Zindabad, Sikhs For Justice Zindabad, and SFJ January 26 2023, were written outside the Divisional Railway Manager’s office.