UK Snubs Indian Govt; Not Willing To Stop Pro-Khalistan Event Even After Repeated Requests
the UK government has sent a formal Note Verbale to New Delhi saying it won't stop the Referendum 2020 gathering.
After the Indian government repeatedly raised concerns over the Referendum 2020 event to be held in London on August 12 by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), the UK government has sent a formal Note Verbale to New Delhi saying it won’t stop the gathering.
According to a News18 report, the UK government cited the right that allows “people to gather together and to demonstrate their views, provided that they do so within the law”.
In its response, the UK government, however, mentioned that the police “have comprehensive powers to deal with such activities” and “any groups who spread hate or deliberately raise community fears and tensions by bringing disorder and violence to our towns and cities” will not be tolerated though. This means while the UK is least bothered about the hate being incited against India through these activities in their country, they are keeping a watch to avoid conflict in their own territory.
Earlier, The Indian Express reported that the separatist Sikh organisation has offered to “sponsor” Punjabi youth as well as political activists to take part in the August 12 event.
SJF says that the rally will call for a referendum in 2020 to give the nearly 30 million Sikhs across the world – – including those in India – a chance to vote for the creation of an independent sovereign state of Khalistan, The Times of India reported.
On August 2, Minister of State for External Affairs General (R) VK Singh told the Rajya Sabha that the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and the Indian High Commission in London have sent separate Note Verbale requesting the UK government to deny permission for the event.