New Delhi: Tightening its noose around Canada-based SFJ chief terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the National Investigation Agency on Saturday, confiscated the house and land of self-styled General Counsel of the outlawed Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) outfit in Amritsar (Punjab) and Chandigarh Union Territory.
Two of his properties were confiscated by the NIA team in Amritsar and Chandigarh. The probe agency also confiscated 46 kanals of Pannun’s agricultural land in his ancestral village of Khankot in Amritsar district. With the confiscation, Pannun has lost his rights to the property and it now belongs to the government.
Earlier in 2020, Pannun’s properties were attached, which meant that he could no longer sell them.
The government has designated Pannun a terrorist under Section 51A of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The NIA’s actions came amid an escalating diplomatic row between India and Canada over the latter’s allegations of New Delhi’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.
Pannun has been on NIA’s radar since 2019 when the anti-terror agency registered its first case against the terrorist, who has been playing a major role in promoting and commissioning terror acts and activities, and spreading fear and terror in Punjab and elsewhere in the country through his threats and intimidation tactics.