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Admin Reporter- Pooja

Aug 10 2018


Delhi: Protest staged outside British High Commission against 'Referendum 2020'

Scores of people gathered outside the British High Commission in the national capital to protest against the 'Referendum 2020' campaign organised by a US-based separatist Sikh organisation that is slated to be held in London on August 12.


Demonstrators from the Sikh community and civil society under the banner of All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) chanted anti-UK and anti-Pakistan slogans and were seen holding banners that read - "UK supporting ISI project code name 'Express'" and "Don't shelter ISI and Pakistan sponsored elements."

Amid slogans of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', AlATF chairman MS Bitta termed the Referendum 2020 campaign "a mere drama", and claimed that Pakistan's ISI was fueling anti-India and pro-Khalistan activities.

"The UK government should hand over terrorists and extradite separatist leaders of such organisations to India. This fight will go on until the UK government take such actions. We have submitted a memorandum to the governments. India is one country," he added.

A five-member delegation of the AIATF also submitted a memorandum to the British High Commissioner.

A day ahead of the protest, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the Referendum 2020 rally would promote communal disharmony and propagate secessionism, adding that India has already issued a couple of demarches to the UK over the upcoming pro-Khalistan meet in London. It added that most of the Sikh communities abroad had "good relations" with India.

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