- Indian government has accused a Canadian Sikh for being a pro-Khalistan extremist
- Hardeep Nijjar writes a letter to Canadian president saying all allegations against him is just a a”bad Bollywood movie plot”
- The Canadian Activist feels he is being targeted for his work against anti-Sikh violence
Hardeep Nijjar is a Canadian Sikh activist who has been accused for running terrorist camp in mission city by the Indian intelligence agency. Nijjar has written a letter to the Canadian President Justin Trudeau saying that allegations made against him by Indian government is just “fabricated, baseless, fictitious and politically motivated” and calling it a”bad Bollywood movie plot”.
Indian government has accused Nijjar for being a pro-Khalistan extremist and running a terror camp in mission city of British Columbia. Indian intelligence agencies believe that he is running these camps for carrying out attacks in Punjab. India has also requested to put his name on the Interpol’s wanted list.
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Nijjar in his letter to the Canadian President said that India’s allegation of him transporting ammunition is absolutely preposterous” and “more like a bad Bollywood movie plot.” “I have never believed in, supported or been involved with any violent activity.”
Hardeep Nijjar also claims that he has become a target. He is owner of a small plumbing business in british Columbia and he says that he is being targeted for his work against anti-Sikh violence.
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“I am a Sikh nationalist who believes in and supports Sikhs’ right to self-determination and independence of Indian occupied Punjab through a future referendum”. “My Sikh nationalist activities are peaceful, democratic and protected under the Canadian charter of Rights and Freedom.” He wrote in his letter.
“Because of my campaign for Sikh rights, it’s my belief that I have become a target of an Indian government media campaign to label my human rights campaign as “terrorist activities”, the letter further states.
His lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in his statement to CBC said “Indian authorities often label Sikh activists as terrorists, who are simply trying to raise awareness in Canada about human rights violations being committed against Sikhs in the Punjab.”
-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran (with inputs from VOA), a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter: bhaskar_ragha