August 28, 2023
In the lead-up to the highly anticipated G20 Summit scheduled to take place in the national capital from September 9 to 10, Delhi has witnessed a disturbing incident as pro-Khalistan slogans were discovered scrawled across the walls of multiple metro stations. The slogans, including phrases such as “Delhi Banega Khalistan” and “Khalistan Zindabad,” have raised concerns over security and law enforcement in the city.
Delhi Police officials have confirmed that the graffiti was found on the walls of at least five Delhi Metro stations. A case has been promptly registered, and an investigation is underway to determine the culprits behind this act of vandalism. Authorities are also analyzing CCTV footage from the affected stations to gather leads and potential evidence.
The Sikh community has been at the center of these developments, with “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) sharing raw footage that purportedly shows the defaced metro stations adorned with pro-Khalistan slogans. According to the Delhi Police, suspected SFJ activists are believed to be responsible for the defacement, covering multiple stations from Shivaji Park to Punjabi Bagh.
Officials from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) expressed their commitment to cooperating with the Delhi Police in addressing this issue. A DMRC official stated, “It is a law and order situation. We will cooperate with the Delhi Police,” in response to the incident.
Delhi Police taking Measures
In light of these events and the upcoming G20 Summit, the Delhi Police have taken several measures to ensure the security and stability of the city. The police force is actively monitoring social media platforms to curb the spread of rumors and inflammatory content that could potentially disrupt the peace. The focus has been intensified on securing malls, markets, and religious sites across the city.
To maintain strict control over unauthorized access into the national capital, the borders will be sealed during the summit. However, the movement of vehicles and the general public will not be impeded, ensuring minimal disruption to daily life.
In anticipation of any medical emergencies during the summit, a total of 80 teams of doctors and 130 ambulances will be on standby to provide immediate assistance. Additionally, a comprehensive plan has been devised, with 60 deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) assigned specific responsibilities related to the event.
As the investigation progresses, citizens and officials alike are hoping for swift action to bring those responsible for the pro-Khalistan graffiti to justice. The incident serves as a reminder of the challenges that law enforcement agencies face in maintaining security during high-profile events such as the G20 Summit.