New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday removed certain “anti-national” and “Khalistan-related” graffiti painted on a wall in the Paschim Vihar area of the city, news agency PTI reported. The wall was painted with slogans like “Khalistan Zindabad” and “Referendum 2020”, officials said.
Speaking on the matter, Delhi Police PRO Suman Nalwa said, “Some people had painted anti-national, Khalistan-related graffiti at some locations in Delhi. This is not a security-related issue. Legal action will be taken in this matter.”
“This doesn’t affect our security. Since SFJ (Sikhs for Justice) is a banned organisation, it is trying to make itself known and wants to be in the news,” Nalwa said, adding, “Delhi Police is ensuring that no wrong activities take place ahead of Republic Day.”
Every section of Delhi Police is ensuring that no wrong activities take place ahead of Republic Day. This doesn’t affect our security. Since SFJ is a banned organisation it is trying to make itself known, they want to be in the news: Suman Nalwa, PRO, Delhi Police pic.twitter.com/dMvaT36BpW
— ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2023
Earlier this week, a Hindu temple in Australia’s Melbourne city was allegedly defaced by Khalistan supporters as graffiti of derogatory slogans was put up on the temple walls.
Photos posted by The Australia Today showed slogans of “Hindustan Murdabad”, “Sant Bhindrawale Martyr”, and “Modi Hitler” painted over the temple walls.
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha took to Twitter and appealed for peace following the incident.
“We are deeply saddened by the anti-India graffiti at the gates of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Mill Park, Melbourne, Australia by anti-social elements. The BAPS temple in Mill Park, like all temples of BAPS worldwide, is an abode of peace, harmony, equality, selfless service, and universal Hindu values,” the temple body’s statement read.
Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane briefed about Republic Day celebrations. According to him, birthday celebration of Netaji as Parakram Diwas on January 23rd will mark the beginning of Republic Day celebrations. The celebrations will culminate by January 30th.
He further said on January 23 and 24, The Tribal Ministry and Defence Ministry will participate in the Military Tattoo and Tribal Dance Festival, which will showcase the prowess of the armed forces and the ethnic beauty of India’s tribal culture.