January 17, 2022

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Sikh Forum asks Amit Shah to intervene to stop vicious propaganda against Sikhs after PM’s visit to Punjab

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Sikh Forum asks Amit Shah to intervene to stop vicious propaganda against Sikhs after PM’s visit to Punjab
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Sikh Forum asks Amit Shah to intervene to stop vicious propaganda against Sikhs after PM’s visit to Punjab
Sikh Forum asks Amit Shah to intervene to stop vicious propaganda against Sikhs after PM’s visit to Punjab

JALANDAR: Stating that an attempt has been made to connect the Sikh community at large with the “condemnable security lapse due to administrative failure” during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on January 5, the Sikh Forum has issued a statement urging Union home minister Amit Shah to intervene immediately for stopping “all such vicious propaganda targeting the Sikhs”. The statement has been signed by prominent Sikhs including former bureaucrats, army officers and few others.
“The Sikh Forum is very concerned at the way an attempt is being made to connect the Sikh community at large with the condemnable security lapse due to administrative failure during the Prime Minister’s visit to Punjab on January 5,” reads a statement released by Forum president Ravinder Singh Ahuja and secretary general Partap Singh, retired DIG.
“This is most unfortunate as it risks alienating the whole of Punjab and Punjabis and Sikhs living across the country and abroad. It bears noting that no Sikh group had given any call of protest against the visit of the Prime Minister to Punjab and there is no question of the happenings being linked to the Sikh community at large,” the Forum has said.
“The Sikh Forum is extremely dismayed at the manner in which a section of the ruling party, and even more seriously, popular media that is generally supportive of the ruling class, has been actively attributing such an administrative failure to the Sikh community, demands that the home minister should intervene immediately in stopping all such vicious propaganda targeting the Sikhs,” adds the statement which has been signed by retired IAS officer Tirlochan Singh, Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Sidhu, Major General MS Chadha, Dr. AS Narang, Harcharan Singh Nag, Captain LS Bahl, Dr. Charan Singh, Major General PS Malhotra, Harminder Kaur and Dr. Preeti Ahuja.
Notably, after PM Modi could not address a rally at Ferozepur and decided to return after his cavalcade remained halted, threats of genocide and ‘repeat of 1984’ (massacre of Sikhs) were openly given on social media. Not only veiled handles on Twitter have been used for posting hate messages against Sikh community, even from genuine Facebook and a few verified Twitter accounts also the threats of ‘repeat of ‘84’ were given. A hashtag ‘bta nahi cheta raha hoon’ was run in Devnagri with this message. Scores of identical messages were posted.
A BJP MLA from UP, Abhijeet Singh Sanga, who had earlier posted a message on Twitter, later issued a clarification that his account was hacked under a conspiracy and a message was posted which hurt the Sikh community. He apologised for this message and said that he was also lodging a complaint with the police.

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