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Sikh body slams banned Khalistan outfit over ‘referendum’

Members of JAGO party and Sikh Welfare Organisation protest march against ISI and Pro-Khalistan Group Member Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, at Pakistani embassy in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

The US-based pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), which is a banned outfit, has asked Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to facilitate the registration of Sikh voters at two city-based gurdwaras for a referendum in November on the secession of Punjab from India.

Members of JAGO party and Sikh Welfare Organisation protest march against ISI and Pro-Khalistan Group Member Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, at Pakistani embassy in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Members of JAGO party and Sikh Welfare Organisation protest march against ISI and Pro-Khalistan Group Member Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, at Pakistani embassy in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

A large number of Sikhs in Delhi and many journalists have been receiving calls from US-based numbers playing a prerecorded message of SFJ’s legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun giving the details of the voter registration process and urging them to make “Referendum 2020” successful.

The DSGMC on Thursday passed a resolution stating that Referendum 2020 has nothing to do with it and said that they oppose this propaganda. “SFJ on social media has given the impression that DSGMC is supporting Referendum 2020, which is objectionable. And also said that this is a religious institution that has nothing to do with this propaganda.

JAGO, a political outfit led by former DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK, protested outside Pakistan high commission alleging that it was the instigator of Khalistan movement. Later, Gopal Chawla, a Khalistani activist, issued a video statement threatening GK for leading the protest. “SFJ is trying to create communal disturbance in the country. They have the backing of Pakistan spy agency ISI, which is instigating the Khalistan and Referendum 2020 movement in Delhi,” said Manjit Singh GK.

Pannun was declared a terrorist along with eight others under the UAPA. In a statement, the MHA had said these individuals were involved in acts of terrorism from foreign soil and trying to revive militancy in Punjab.

Indian World Forum, an organisation working to promote art, culture and commerce among the country’s diaspora, also sent a complaint to Delhi Police commissioner SN Shrivastava against a 44-second video appeal by Pannun to hold a voter registration camp at the two gurdwaras on Sunday.

In his letter to police, Indian World Forum secretary general Puneet Singh Chandhok said, “Pannun has appealed to all Indians, in particular the Sikhs, to overthrow the Indian administration in Delhi and liberate the state of Punjab from Indian occupation by virtue of promoting Khalistan and Referendum 2020 and holding voter registration camps on July 19 at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.”

Manjinder Sirsa, who is the chairman of DSGMC, says that this organization opposes any efforts which work to divide the country and also said that the youth of such a country is misleading Sikhs. We are very clear on our stand. We are not associated with any movement that talks about breaking the country,” he added.

SFJ carried out a fatal attack on Manjit Singh GK

In 2015, the same organization filed cases against Manjeet Singh GK (manjeet singh), former chairman of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. After this, on 25 August 2018 last year, Khalistan supporters carried out a deadly attack in Yuba City, California, GK. GK was attacked in two places in which he narrowly escaped with him. However, the Sikhs for Justice had to face defeat in a US court against GK. The head of this organization is Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI is said to be behind the organization.

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