Moga Khalistan flag hoisting & Tricolour desecration case
Indian MHA ordered a four-member team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to reach Moga Tuesday and started a probe in the Khalistan flag hoisting and the Tricolour desecration case of August 14.
On August 14, a day ahead of the Independence Day, three men identified as Inderjit Singh Gill (32), Jaspal Singh (26) and Akashdeep Singh (19), reached the office of Moga Deputy Commissioner and raised a saffron flag on its terrace with Khalistan written on it. While Inderjit and Jaspal hoisted the Khalistan flag, Akashdeep made a video with his phone, the Moga police said.
Now, on the orders of the MHA, the agency registered an FIR. It is the reproduction of the FIR that was registered by Moga police on August 14.
The NIA team, led by Inspector Ambrish Kumar Chaubey from Delhi, has taken over the probe in the case. The FIR registered by the NIA at its headquarters in Delhi reads, “The Central Government has received the information that on 14.08.2020, two youngsters managed to reach the terrace of a four-storey Deputy Commissioner office complex in Moga, Punjab, and hoisted a yellow-coloured flag with Khalistan written on it and while coming back, these miscreants cut the rope of the Indian National Flag hoisted near the main gate and dragged the Indian National Flag along with the rope and ran towards the outer gate which was an insult to the National Flag. In this connection, the local police registered a case. The investigation conducted so far has revealed that the incident followed a general circulation of a message by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), exhorting youth Sikhs to hoist the Khalistan flag and videograph the incident.”
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), India, ordered the NIA to take over the probe in the case under sections 6 and 8 of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008, as per the orders issued on September 4.
In its action taken report, the NIA has said that it has registered a case dated September 5 at NIA Police Station, Delhi, and Ambrish Kumar Chaubey, Inspector, NIA Delhi, has been directed to take over the probe and has been appointed as the chief investigation officer (CIO).