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SOURCE: AFI

The recent shooting incident targeting the home of an associate of Hardeep Nijjar has raised concerns within the Sikh community in British Columbia, Canada. The group advocating for Pro-Khalistan has expressed apprehension regarding the lack of protection from Canadian authorities, fearing that members of the Sikh community might feel compelled to take matters into their own hands.

Moninder Singh, a spokesperson for the B.C. Gurdwaras Council, conveyed the sentiment of fear among members, suggesting that the incident could be perceived as an attempt by the Indian state or its actors to intimidate activists like Simranjeet, deterring them from their advocacy work.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, who has been declared a terrorist by India and is associated with Sikhs For Justice, echoed concerns about potential retaliatory actions within the Sikh community. While emphasizing that violence is not the answer, Pannun acknowledged the historical inclination of Sikhs to defend their community and faith vigorously when under attack.

Pannun’s statement regarding the readiness of Sikhs to defend themselves hints at the possibility of pro-Khalistani factions considering the formation of their own militia in Canada, particularly in areas where there is a perceived collapse of trust in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The suggestion that the RCMP has been infiltrated by Pro-Khalistani members adds to the complexity of the situation and deepens concerns about community safety and law enforcement integrity.

The prospect of Sikhs taking actions to safeguard themselves underscores the gravity of the situation and highlights the need for a proactive approach by Canadian authorities to address underlying grievances and ensure the safety and security of all communities. It also underscores the importance of fostering dialogue and understanding to prevent escalation and promote peaceful resolutions to conflicts and tensions within the Sikh diaspora in Canada.