Khalistani activity in the UK dates back to the 1960s when Jagjit Singh Chauhan, the “President’ of Khalistan, was allowed into the country, but after Amritpal Singh, the UK is re-emerging as the hotspot for anti-India attacks.
The outrage is palpable on social media and in conversations. Once the citadel of law and order and decent behaviour, London is now seeing one incident after another, this time with the Khalistanis upfront.
On top of that, a day after India summoned a UK diplomat to protest against the vandalism, reports of another incident at the San Francisco consulate surfaced and made ripples.
It’s not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last as London shelters every conman, cheat, and separatist of any cause. In recent months, the Khalistani activity has seen an unusual spike, and become increasingly violent with a strong disinformation campaign which is all pretty well-funded.
The Amritpal Singh fiasco is now public knowledge with the fugitive’s exciting escape almost part of a Bollywood saga. Also, consider that he is literally the ‘man from nowhere’, unknown even to Indians until he literally flew into a blaze of publicity, a once clean-shaven transporter from Dubai, now with a flowing beard, and self-styled heir to the toxic legacy of late actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu.
His organisation, Waris Punjab De, took on its first acts of violence only in December last year. Notwithstanding the powerful Khalistani imagery and paraphernalia, his rise to fame, to reach across the globe, is stunning, to say the least.
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It’s also hugely unusual, even in this day of social media. Try getting a single tweet viral on your own. And in the UK — the Khalistanis make waves.
According to footage, Amritpal Singh escaped in a Mercedes SUV that he dumped by a road in Shahkot, changed to a Maruti, and finally a motorcycle.
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