Amritpal crackdown: Jagmeet Singh, prominent Diaspora Sikhs express concern

Ottawa, March 19 (KMS): A number of Sikh leaders and activists in the Diaspora have expressed concern over the suspension of internet services across Punjab as the police launched an operation to arrest Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh and a number of his associates, spoken up.

The Punjab government suspended mobile internet till Monday.

A number of Sikh politicians in Canada posted strongly-worded statements on their social media accounts soon after this.

Randeep Sarai, Member of Parliament in Canada, said on Twitter, “Deeply concerned about news reports coming out of #Punjab, India. The suspension of internet services and restricted gatherings of more than 4 people in some areas. We are closely following the situation.”

Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada, said that he was “deeply concerned” by the developments.

Canadian Conservative Party deputy leader Tim S. Uppal tweeted, “Very concerned about reports coming out of Punjab, India.

Gurratan Singh, former Member of Provincial Parliament also tweeted about the developments, adding that the “whole world is watching”.

Author and poet Rupi Kaur, shared a post by the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) which stated, “We call on the Canadian government to demand accountability from India and call for the immediate restoration of civil rights and internet services in Punjab.”

In a statement, Ravi Singh, Khalsa Aid chief said, “The targeting of Sikh youth in Punjab is once again causing huge concern in the Sikh community across the world. Our memories of the 1980s are still very raw.”

He urged Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to stop deployment of army or paramilitary services.

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