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Terrorist Pannun threatens to disrupt Ranchi Test

Source: PTI
February 21, 2024 12:03 IST
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India face England in the 4th Test in Ranchi, starting on Friday, February 23

IMAGE: India face England in the 4th Test in Ranchi, starting on Friday, February 23. Photograph: BCCI/X

Security has been tightened in Ranchi, after US-based designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun threatened to disrupt the fourth Test match between India and England set to be hosted by the capital city of Jharkhand, officials said.

According to the Press Trust of India, Pannun, who has been designated as a terrorist by the Home Ministry, has also appealed to the banned CPI (Maoist) through a video uploaded on social media to disrupt the match, officials said.


The fourth Test will commence at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi from February 23. Ben Stokes-led England team reached the city on Tuesday.

"Gurupatwant Singh Pannun has threatened the India and England teams to cancel the match in Ranchi. He also urged the CPI (Maoist) to create disturbance in a bid to cancel the match.

“An FIR has been lodged against him at Dhurwa police station under the IT Act and investigation has been initiated," Deputy Superintendent of Police, Hatia, P.K. Mishra told reporters on Tuesday.

Pannun has been on the National Investigation Agency’s radar since 2019, when the anti-terror federal agency registered its first case against the "designated individual terrorist", who has been spreading fear and terror in Punjab and elsewhere in the country through threats and intimidation tactics.

Non-bailable warrants of arrest were issued against Pannun by the Special NIA Court on February 3, 2021, and he was declared a "Proclaimed Offender" on November 29 last year.

Tightening its noose around the US and Canada-based Pannun, the NIA had in September 2023 confiscated a house and land of the self-styled general counsel of the outlawed Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) outfit in Punjab's Amritsar and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

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