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NIA Issues Bulk Notices to Activists Connected with Farmers Protest To Join Investigation As “Witness” in UAPA Case

January 15, 2021 | By

Chandigarh: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has issued notices to various activists and relatives of some others in relation to a case registered under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).



Documents available with the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) show that the notices are issued under Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) to join investigation as a witness in case FIR number RC-40/DLI/2020 (Copy of FIR below). This FIR is registered against Gurpatwant Singh Pannun of Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Paramjit Singh Pamma (UK) and Hardeep Singh Nijjar (Canada).

Documents available with Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) show that notices have been issued to activists, persons engaged with charity organizations/NGOs and some reporters working for Sikh TV channels based abroad.

Actor turned activist Deep Sidhu has revealed in a TV interview with a Punjabi web-channel that similar notice is also sent to his brother.

A notice issued by NIA to an activist (personal details blackened for privacy reasons)

Talking to SSN, Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur said that about a dozen people have contacted him after getting similar notices from NIA. He confirmed that all those notices were issued in relation to FIR number RC-40/DLI/2020.

“These persons are not booked as accused by NIA in this case. The notices call named persons to join investigation as ‘witnesses’ under a provision of Cr.PC. which authorizes police or investigation agency to examine any person supposed to be acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case”, said Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur.


Though this is not equivalent to booking anyone under the UAPA but it in given circumstances it seems that NIA is trying to use these notices as a harassment tactics as all the activists named in the notices are connected to ongoing farmers protests, in one way or the other.

Notices direct the named persons to appear at NIA headquarters on specified dates.

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