“Khalistanis Infiltrated Farmers’ Demonstration”: Government To Supreme Court
Thousands have been demanding repeal of the farm laws. (File)
The Supreme Court today put on hold three farm laws that are the reason for protests near Delhi by countless farmers. In the hearing, the government argued that “Khalistanis” had actually penetrated the protests.
As Attorney General Of The United States KK Venugopal made the statement, the Supreme Court asked him to file an affidavit. The top government lawyer stated he would do so by tomorrow along with inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
The Khalistan reference emerged when a farmer group in favour of the main laws alleged that banned organisations had entered the protests.
Senior attorney Harish Salve, appearing for a petitioner supporting the farm laws, told the top court, “Those who arranged rallies for Khalistan have actually set up flags at the protests”.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde asked the Attorney General whether the allegations might be validated.
” We have said that Khalistanis have penetrated into the protests,” Mr Venugopal stated.
The Chief Justice responded: “If there is an infiltration by a banned company, and someone is making an accusation here on record, you need to verify it. You submit an affidavit by tomorrow.”
” Yes. I will submit the affidavit and place the IB records,” said the Lawyer General.
The Khalistan motion by Sikh separatists led to revolt in Punjab in the 1980 s. In 1984, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards months after the army stormed the Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine, to eliminate armed separatists.
Following a heavy crackdown by the Punjab authorities, the motion all but passed away down in Punjab though many clothing are still active outside India.
Senior ministers and BJP leaders have been alleging the participation of Khalistanis in the farmers’ protests, besides what they call the “Tukde tukde gang” (which describes forces dividing the nation) and Maoists.
BJP leaders stated “pro-Pakistan and pro-Khalistan” slogans were shouted by the protesters and the agitation “seemed to have been hijacked”.
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