Last week Panjab Police arrested two Sikhs; one was Mandeep Singh from Jagraon whom police claim to be a member of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), further alleging he had travelled to India from Canada to prepare attacks on dera (cult) heads, retired top-ranking police officers, and activists of the right-wing Hindu extremist organisation, Shiv Sena.
But those who know Mandeep Singh, particularly the villagers and council leaders of Chuk Kallan, say the police story doesn’t add up. Sarpanch Sukhwant Singh says Mandeep left for a new life in Canada about five years ago, but always returns to his birthplace around the same time each year. He said Mandeep is of good character and he is not affiliated to any organisation.
While the police admits Mandeep Singh has no history or involvement in any crime, they say he has close associations with Canadian resident Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who is wanted by Panjab police.
As the police story goes, “Mandeep Singh was given arms training by Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada and put in contact with BKI fugitives in Pakistan. He was then sent to India to lure other Sikh youths with a clean image and no criminal record, to help launch strikes”.
However, experience shows that Panjab police work hand in glove with political agents and these type of arrests and subsequent fabricated charges, are designed by people from ‘high above’ and used to threaten and terrorise the innocent. The courts have granted a period of police remand until 30 May 2016. We will continue to bring you further updates as we receive them.