Persecution by Police and Hindutva Forces Continues on the Marginalized Sikligar Sikh Community in Central India
Claims Recruitment of Youths for Training in Pakistan to Spread Terror inside India
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (SNN) - After submitting a ‘dossier’ to the British Government full of concocted allegations regarding the Sikh community in the UK, the Indian Government has now set its sights on the Australian Sikh community by putting them on scale with international terror groups.
Indian officials now claims that Australia along with United Arab Emirates (Dubai) have become “emerging” hubs for Sikh “militant” groups and the notorious Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.
Defunct Australia-Dubai “Foreign-hand” claims Resurrected
It may be recalled that in October of 2015 two Sikh brothers, Rupinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh were arrested in connection with the Bargari based desecration incident when the Punjab Police and the Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal, falsely alleged the brothers were being funded by “foreign” outfits based in Australia and Dubai.
The Australia and Dubai connection was flashed across national headlines in Indian newspapers and TV channels for many days to drum up fears of some “malicious conspiracy” by “foreign” elements inside Punjab.
Much to the embarrassment of the Punjab Government and Police, the charges against the Singh brothers including their “foreign funding” charges were dismissed by the Punjab courts due to lack of any evidence against them.
During that time Sikhs across the world protested against the arrests of brothers, and killing of two peaceful protesters by the Punjab Police.
In the coming weeks, hundreds of Sikh protesters, including the youth and the elderly and prominent journalists, were arrested across Punjab to suppress vocal opposition and free speech under the guise of “national security.”
Radicalization: Fear Mongering Terminology
Now, hoping to ride upon the “anti-radical” political sentiments in western countries after the recent terror attacks in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California, the Indian government has ramped-up its campaign of fear-mongering against the Sikh diaspora by classifying Sikh human-rights activists, political opponents and protesters with terminology such as “radicals”, "radicalization" or “fanatics" that are routinely used in the Western press in connection with ISIS/ISIL associated terrorists.
The reports stated that India has “Joint Working Groups” to counter terrorism with 24 countries worldwide in hopes of curbing the voice of the Sikh activists worldwide.
Press reports also stated that Indian officials in a meeting with Australian officials “highlighted radicalisation activities of groups such as the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) in their country.”
The India Ministry of Home Affairs asserted that Sikh “radicalization” was the key agenda in the meeting with the Australians, and stated: “We made a case that the BKI, a key Sikh extremist group carrying out Khalistan agenda, is finding it hard to get recruits from Punjab.”
Watch: Sikh Students Federation of Australia, and the Akhand Kirtani Jatha
The Ministry claimed that Babbar Khalsa International was trying to recruit individuals from foreign countries to undergo training in Pakistan so they can be sent on terror missions to India.
The Indian Government has requested the Australian security services to be vigilant of certain social and religious organizations in Australia, including the Sikh Students Federation of Australia, and the Akhand Kirtani Jatha - Australia who they claim are providing support to the Khalistan Liberation Force.
The Indian Government also made it a point to highlight that “Lobbying efforts by the Australian Sikh community continue unabated calling upon the Australian Government to recognise the alleged killings of Sikhs in India in 1984 as ‘genocide’.
The Indian Government’s denial of the horrific events of 1984 by referring to them simply as “alleged” killings illustrates that it will not own up to the fact that thousands of Sikh men, women, and children were ruthlessly killed, maimed, raped, and lynched with full cooperation of Government officials and the police forces nor does it want the Sikh community to re-call the atrocities inflicted upon the community.
This is perhaps why the Indian government is so eager to have western governments clamp down on various social and religious Sikh organizations that are raising concern for the human rights violations that have been occurring in Punjab on a daily basis for the last three decades. Unlike India, most western countries guarantee the freedom of expression and speech, and their citizens cannot be cowered into silence by fabricated allegations and labels.
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