NIA seeks details from persons examined over farmers’ protests

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sought details of the social media accounts, Aadhar and bank account numbers of the persons recently examined by the agency. 16 persons have been examined by the NIA so far in connection with the Sikh For Justice (SFJ) case, a pro-Khalistan outfit which is banned by the Indian government.

There have been a lot of funds that have been channelised in the past couple of months. Over USD 1 lakh has been collected in the name of the farmer protests, the official cited above said. The source further added that the agencies are looking into the source of funding. While there is no harm in collecting funds in the name of the protests, the NIA is looking to find if money is being collected in the name of the protests, but is being diverted to fund separatist activities of the SFJF. The probe was ordered after the SFJ arranged protests in front of Indian missions abroad. After the financial trail was found the ambit of the probe was widened. The probe was handed over to the NIA after the foreign nations where the protests were organised did not take action.

Investigations have found that funds have been coming in from Canada, US and UK. The official cited above said that this money is being collected by the SFJ in the name of the protests. However not all is going towards the protests. A very good a part of it’s being diverted in direction of subversive and propaganda actions of the SFJ.