Farmer protests are turning into Khalistani propaganda with book hailing dreaded terrorist Bhindranwale being distributed at the protest site. Even as farmer leaders are alleging a conspiracy by the BJP and Centre to defame their protests, pro-Khalistani actor Deep Sidhu was seen participating in the book distribution.
The farmer protests have been raging for the last 43 days with no sight in solution despite nine rounds of talks between the Central Government and farmer leaders. Khalistani activists and organizations are using the protest as a tool to promote their separatist ideology. Several controversies have hit the protest in recent times with allegations ranging from the molestation of women journalists to Khalistani infiltration.
Amidst all this, it has now come to light that during the free distribution of pagdis (turbans) program held on Wednesday. However, it emerged that a book named Shaheed-e-Khalistan glorifying dreaded Khalistani terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his separatist supporters in Punjab were distributed at the bookstall in the protest site.
At the distribution function, several celebrities from Punjab were also present along with the protesting farmers. The book was presented to pro-Khalistani actor Deep Sidhu and Sukhpreet Singh Udhoke who were present at the protest site.
The function was organized by the Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwale. Ranjeet Singh was the main organizer of the function who has been associated with the protest from the beginning. He has a history of pro-Khalistani activities. He is associated with Dal Khalsa and had earlier raised Khalistani banners and posters at Amritsar’s Golden Temple.
A viral video, shared by Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwale on their SM (social media) page, of Punjabi Singer Preet Harpal, shows him issuing a warning to PM Modi. In the video, he asks PM Modi to pray that he doesn’t have to confront the Khalistanis as history shows that those who have done so in the past ended up losing their lives within six months to a year. He further says pray that your interaction is limited to the farmers and does not extend to Khalistanis.
However, farmer leaders are maintaining a defeating silence on the involvement of Khalistani elements in the protest. Shiv Kumar Kakka from Madhya Pradesh (MP) has alleged that this is a conspiracy by the central government to malign the farmer protest and that he is unaware of any such incident taking place at the protest site. Another farmer leader Jagdeep Singh Olakh said that they would remove such persons from the protest site if they come across any such people. Ranjeet Singh has not yet clarified his stand to the media who reached out to him.
On the one hand, farmer leaders are washing their hands off the book distribution incident by saying that it took place without their knowledge and on the other, people like Ranjeet Singh have been provided a platform to give inflammatory speech at the protest site which is not possible without the approval of the farmer leaders.
Delhi BJP Spokesperson Tajinder Singh Bagga has demanded a strict probe against the distribution of pro-Khalistani material at the protest from HM Amit Shah, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy and Delhi Police. He share pictures from the event on his Twitter page demanding immediate action.
Meanwhile, India Today editor Preeti Choudhry has stated that several instances of women reporters being sexually harassed by protesting farmers has come to light from the protest site. Choudhry has said “a sizeable chunk of depraves are sexually harassing reporters and that others are letting it happen”.
She added that her own team had such many experiences where perverts were pinching the bottoms of female journalists. Member of Bharat Kisan Union and proud Congressi (as stated in his Twitter bio) Bhupender Chaudhry has justified this perverted act by stating that action should be taking against those reporters who are news hungry as well.
There is an urgent need for bringing a closure to these farmer protests which are turning into anti-national pro-Khalistani protests.
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