A statement from the Sikh Federation UK today suggested that “Indian police officers may be in the UK and could be targeting Sikh activists through British police.”
See the full statement here.
The statement came after West Midlands police released news of “Addresses in
#Coventry, #Leicester and #Birmingham searched as part of CTU investigation in connection with allegations of extremist activity in India and fraud offences.” No arrests were made during the raids. See the full statement here.
The addresses are alleged to have been the homes of Sikhs, prompting the Sikh Federation UK to say they hope “the West Midlands and East Midlands police are not doing the dirty work of the Indian authorities.”
The alleged raids on Sikh homes comes just after the Sikh Federation UK reformed their push for Khalistan, an independent Sikh homeland in India to be made up of Punjab, a movement Indian authorities have regularly decried.
The Indian state has a history of false statements regarding the nature and threat of pro-Khalistan movements in the UK, with Indian media previously claiming a dossier on Sikh extremism in the UK was handed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, only for Sikh Council UK to prove no such dossier existed or was ever handed to Cameron, as confirmed by the secretary of parliament. This fake news was also reported as fact by the Daily Mail Online. Despite proof the Mail Online report was false and perpetrated by Indian media with an anti-Sikh agenda, a complaint by the Sikh Press Association against the coverage was rejected by the Independent Press Standards Organisation, whilst Indian media also did not report the findings that the dossier did not exist.
On 13th June Cressida Dick wrote to Preet Kaur Gill MP, Chair of the APPG for British Sikhs regarding the 1984 Sikh Genocide Remembrance March. The letter stated that Commander Jane Connors of the Met Police was “in contact with the Indian High Commission to discuss the policing of this event”. The admission caused outrage in the Sikh community, following which Commander Connors later indicated that the Indian High Commission had not been contacted.
It is expected more Sikh groups will speak out about the raids. Further details on this situation will be reported when more information comes out.