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FIR filed against Sikh separatist chief for 'World Terror Cup' threat

A banner shows Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a lawyer believed to be based in Canada designated as a Khalistani terrorist by the Indian authorities during a rally along a street in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

The Indian police in the western Indian state of Gujarat have registered an FIR against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, chief of banned Sikh separatist outfit Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), for threatening to turn the cricket World Cup, starting on October 5 in Ahmedabad, into "World Terror Cup".

In the first information report (FIR), the cybercrime branch of the Ahmedabad police said people from across the country have received Pannun's threat via a pre-recorded voice message sent from an international phone number, reports our New Delhi correspondent quoting an official today.

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The complaint filed by sub-inspector HN Prajapati of the cybercrime branch said it has come to their notice that many people received a pre-recorded threat voice message from Pannun.

The pre-recorded message said that October 5 would not be the start of the Cricket World Cup but the beginning of "World Terror Cup". Sikhs for Justice is going to storm Ahmedabad with Khalistani flags, it said.

According to the FIR, "Gurpatwant Singh Pannun is designated as a terrorist by the government of India and is running an organisation called Sikhs for Justice from a foreign country."

The threat from Pannun comes amid a diplomatic stand-off between India and Canada set off by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegation of Indian government's involvement in the assassination of designated terrorist and Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside a temple in Surrey in western Canadian province of British Columbia on June 18.