Will there be trouble on Republic Day?
Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun makes a terrifying ultimatum aimed at Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and the state’s Police Chief, Gaurav Yadav, causing unease on Republic Day. Pannun’s violent speech, which calls for gangsters to band together for a potential attack, raises security worries and highlights the region’s ongoing threats from extreme elements. Authorities are on high alert, emphasising the problematic balance between democratic processes and the need to protect public figures from rising extremist threats.
This latest incident comes barely a week after Pannun criticised the Indian government during the consecration ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Temple on January 22. In that case, he not only issued threats but also urged the Muslim community to oppose the ceremony, claiming it was built on the site of the Babri Masjid.
According to intelligence sources, Pannun has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being a “global enemy of Muslims” and that the Ram Mandir event is part of Modi’s “Operation Bluestar against Muslims.”
Pannun’s failure to hold a referendum for a separate Khalistan has compounded the issue, sending him into what intelligence sources regard as a “panic mode.” His recent call to destroy India’s economy by targeting the Bombay Stock Exchange on March 12, 2024, adds to the anxiety. Pannun’s provocative acts and threats highlight the persistent problems posed by extremist forces, as well as the importance of increased security measures to prevent potential violence and unrest.
Security staff and intelligence agencies are on high alert in response to Pannun’s recent threat, and activities are intensifying to stop any possible attack on the AAP, the CM. This problem draws attention to how difficult it is to maintain democratic processes while also protecting prominent figures’ safety from persistent extremist threats. As the country approaches Republic Day, it is necessary to implement strong security measures and take quick action against those who promote violence.