Separatist Sikh group draws more scrutiny

Members of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front distribute sweets among each other after the centre government banned pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs for Justice for a period of five years, in Amritsar on July 11, 2019.
Members of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front distribute sweets among each other after the centre government banned pro-Khalistan outfit Sikhs for Justice for a period of five years, in Amritsar on July 11, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

India again accuses Pakistan of supporting movement that seeks to establish own state

Referendum 2020, an international campaign to "liberate Punjab from Indian occupation", has lately acquired a growing public profile, prompting greater scrutiny from India's law-enforcement agencies.

On July 10, the Indian government outlawed Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), the group that has been leading the referendum campaign. The group was also highlighted in a dossier that India handed to Pakistan on July 13, reiterating its accusations of the support its western neighbour has lent the wider Khalistani movement, of which the referendum is a part.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2019, with the headline 'Separatist Sikh group draws more scrutiny'. Print Edition | Subscribe