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New Delhi, August 13

The case against Vishal Jood from Haryana, who is in an Australian jail for allegedly attacking members of the Sikh community, will come up for hearing next year after the judge decided to continue with the “Bail refused status”.

The magistrate at a Sydney court set a new hearing date, January 27, 2022, for 10 out of 12 charges and another hearing for two counts of assault for January 31, 2022.

Jood’s release has been sought by Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, BJP leader Kapil Mishra, Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt and Delhi BJP spokesperson Tejinder Bagga. There is also a social media campaign claiming that Jood was trying to protect the Indian flag from being dishonoured by “Khalistanis”.

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On 8/9/2021 at 4:38 PM, Suchi said:

Yes, true. Here i would refer to the 18.63 of the Gita that advises thus:

https://bhagavad-gita.org/Gita/verse-18-59.html

https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/18/verse/63

Briefly it asks us to consider fully the verses which have been given. And then to do as we wish. 

This means one is always free to decide whether to accept or reject any advice or opinion being offered.

What you might call the acknowledgement of free Will and true freedom and democracy. 

Please refer me to the equivalent verses in the Sri Guru Granth Sahibji. 

I didn't forget about you bro. Just busy. And reading Gurbani front to back is not the best way to search lol, but sometimes it's what I have to resort to  

Anyway, perhaps the Sangat can help find the source and actual Bani. 

It might be Varaan Bhai Gurdas Ji even. 

It says that Akal gets us all to perform His work according to our will, and charges us for it. And if you unpack this it is the...highest form of free will and divine will all coordinating in a show beyond description in which Akal has the final bow. 

 

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On 8/14/2021 at 9:07 AM, Premi5 said:

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/assault-on-sikhs-haryana-youth-denied-bail-in-australian-297223

New Delhi, August 13

The case against Vishal Jood from Haryana, who is in an Australian jail for allegedly attacking members of the Sikh community, will come up for hearing next year after the judge decided to continue with the “Bail refused status”.

The magistrate at a Sydney court set a new hearing date, January 27, 2022, for 10 out of 12 charges and another hearing for two counts of assault for January 31, 2022.

Jood’s release has been sought by Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, BJP leader Kapil Mishra, Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt and Delhi BJP spokesperson Tejinder Bagga. There is also a social media campaign claiming that Jood was trying to protect the Indian flag from being dishonoured by “Khalistanis”.

Idiots !

But the Australians let him off

 

https://www.opallegal.com.au/dpp-withdraws-8-charges-vishal-jood-to-walk-free-on-15-october-after-pleading-guilty-to-3-charges/?utm_source=Mondaq&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=LinkedIn-integration

Australia: DPP withdraws 8 charges; Vishal Jood to walk free after pleading guilty to 3 charges

04 September 2021
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Opal Legal
 
 
 
 

Vishal Jood will be released from custody in six weeks following negotiations between his Liverpool criminal lawyers and the DPP.

Appearing before Magistrate David Price at Parramatta Local Court today, the DPP  withdrew eight charges, following which Vishal agreed to plead guilty to three charges.

Police had initially laid 10 charges against Vishal arising out of four separate incidents. Police had requested the DPP to prosecute the matter before a District Court jury. However, the DPP elected for the matter to remain in the Local Court.

A police request to lay a further charge under section 93Z of the Crimes Act of publicly threatening or inciting violence on grounds of religion was not sanctioned by the DPP.

Vishal will serve a total sentence of 6 months for all three offences. Since he has been in custody since 16 April 2021, his sentence will be back-dated to that date.  

14 February 2021 incident

Vishal's counsel played a video to the court of a Farmers Rally at Quakers Hill in Sydney in December 2020. The video showed Vishal unfurling the Tiranga, following which over a dozen goons surrounded him, pushed and dragged him and assaulted him repeatedly. The crowd was chanting “Modi <banned word filter activated>, Modi <banned word filter activated>.”

The court heard that following this rally, Vishal received numerous threats on social media from anti-India elements.

On 14 February 2021, Vishal attended the Tiranga car rally, his lawyer told the court. At the end of the rally, a dozen or so of the organisers (including women) were having refreshments at Jones Park, Parramatta at about 4:30pm.

The organisers of the rally were approached by a group of over 100 Indian males. They were swearing and shouting slogans such as “Modi Murdabad.”

The court was told the group surrounded the rally organisers and demanded the names and car registration numbers of the “boys” who had been at the Tiranga rally. After making threats, the group left.

Evidence from another witness, who was present at Wigram Street, Harris Park between 5pm and 7pm on that day, was tendered to the court. His evidence was that he observed three groups of Indian males loitering in the area. Some were armed with weapons. Photos of two of the men armed with golf clubs were presented to the court.

The witness observed a number of cars driving slowly around the area and its occupants speaking to the groups of men. He then saw some of the men yelling and running in the middle of Wigram Street, armed with rod-like weapons.

At some point a large group marched along Wigram Street chanting anti-India slogans such as “Modi <banned word filter activated> hae.”

Vishal's case was that approximately 7pm, he was standing on Wigram Street when he heard one the cars” occupant's yelling, “There's Rahul Jood.”  Several people came out of one of the cars. One of them ran towards Vishal armed with a baseball bat. Vishal took the bat off him and smashed a window of the nearest car with it, to scare away his attackers.

He pleaded guilty to being armed with a weapon (a baseball bat) with intent to commit an indictable offence and damaging property (the car window).

The learned magistrate found that these offences were below the medium range of objective seriousness.      

16 September 2020 incident

Vishal pleaded guilty to one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company as to this incident.

The Khalistani/Sikh angle

A number of documents were tendered to the court by Vishal's counsel relating to

the Khalistani movement and the Sikh religion, including:  

  • A statement from a historian tracing the origins of the Sikh religion and the Khalistani movement as well as the acts of terror carried out by Khalistanis.
  • A reference from a Sikh Indian-based journalist in Haryana confirming the respect for Sikhs in that state by Hindus, including Vishal's family.
  • References from two of Vishal's Sikh friends in Sydney confirming that he has never disrespected the Sikh religion.  

The DPP submitted that the 16 September 2020 offence was motivated by hatred for or prejudice against a group of people to which the offender believed the victim belonged (an aggravating factor under s 21A(2(h) of the Crimes Act):

Jood's barrister pointed out that the Khalistani movement was not synonymous with the Sikh religion. He informed the court that Hindus and Sikhs had been living in harmony in India for the last 500 years.

The Khalistani movement is not a religion. Further, on the evidence before the court,  Vishal's conduct could simply not have been motivated by a prejudice against or hatred for Sikhs.

The learned magistrate did not accept that Vishal's conduct was motivated by animosity towards Sikhs.

Judgement

Magistrate Price:

  • found that Vishal had very good prospects of rehabilitation.
  • found that Vishal had a great deal to offer to the community.
  • Counselled Vishal that “people will aggravate you,” but that he should resist the temptation to react in a violent manner.  

Misleading web-site reports

Various reports from web-sites containing misleading reports about Vishal's case were provided by his Liverpool criminal lawyers to the court.

Reports floating on various dubious social media sites that Vishal had pleaded guilty to 10 charges and that he had admitted to targeting Sikhs turned out to be fake.

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The curious case of Vishal Jood: Accused of anti-Sikh violence, he’s now a right-wing saviour

Or how a convicted criminal deported from Australia was lionised on his return to India.

 
ByJammi N Rao21 Oct, 2021
The curious case of Vishal Jood: Accused of anti-Sikh violence, he’s now a right-wing saviour
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Australia is not only a young country, it is also a nation of immigrants. According to the Government’s Bureau of Statistics, it is home to 7.6 million migrants (out of a total population of 26 million in 2020). Indians make up a substantial number; at 721,000, Indian-born migrants are second only to those born in England. Since the ending 50 years ago of its “White Australia” policy, the government has tried hard to become more open and welcoming of immigrants from all parts of the world. Officially the policy is “to build on our success as a culturally diverse, accepting and open society, united through a shared future".

Indian immigrants to Australia have prospered as well as contributed to the economy. They are the second highest tax-paying diaspora group after the British; and the Australian government anticipates and welcomes a doubling of Indian immigrants to 1.4 million in the next decade.

But along with Indian immigration comes India’s communally charged and violent politics.

On April 16, 2021, an Indian student Vishal Jood (24) was arrested by New South Wales police and charged with several counts of violent assault, causing actual bodily harm, and damage to property. He was an Indian student who was operating as part of a group targeting Sikhs and their businesses. This online news portal chronicles several such incidents of violent attacks on Sikhs.

According to this legal website, the director of public prosecutions withdrew eight charges following which Jood agreed to plead guilty to three charges. The prosecution did not convince the magistrate that “Vishal’s conduct had been motivated by animosity towards Sikhs”.

“Pleading guilty” means in effect that Jood confessed to his involvement in the crimes related to the 3 charges. He received a six month prison sentence backdated to April 16, the date of his arrest and imprisonment without bail.

Three days ago on October 16, Vishal Jood was deported from Australia and sent back to India. Australia’s minister for immigration and citizenship Alex Hawke tweeted, “Attempts to undermine Australia’s social cohesion will not be tolerated,” with a link to a newspaper report that showed a picture of Vishal Jood (taken from his Facebook profile) in a yellow T-shirt, fashionably-trimmed beard, and a turban fashioned out of what looks like a scarf in the colours of the Indian flag.

That was when Jood transitioned from convicted criminal in Australia to homecoming hero in India.

According to a Times of India report from October 18, “a roadshow was organised in (Jood’s) honour, which concluded at the Ror Dharamshala (in Karnal)...Members of his family and community and his friends welcomed and honoured him with garlands of flowers.”

Ashwini Mahajan, national co-convenor of Swadeshi Jagran Manch (a Sangh Parivar outfit that campaigns against foreign direct investment in India and promotes self-reliance) and a professor at a Delhi University college tweeted his welcome to Jood suggesting that the Indian student had been “arrested after being falsely implicated by Khalistanis”. His tweet also carried a 28-second video clip showing the road show, set to pulsating patriotic music, with young men hanging out of windows, one of them standing up through a sun-roof, jubilantly waving Indian flags.

Vishal Jood’ defence

In the court hearing back in September, according to this legal website, Jood’s counsel played a video of a Farmers rally in Sydney in December 2020. It showed Jood unfurling the Indian Flag following which, over a dozen “goons” surrounded and assaulted him, chanting “Modi <banned word filter activated>, Modi <banned word filter activated>”.

In the February 14 incident, the court heard evidence that a small group of organisers (including a few women) of a “tiranga car rally” were threatened menacingly by a group of 100 men shouting slogans such as “Modi murdabad”.

The magistrate found (quoted directly from this legal website) that

  • Vishal had very good prospects of rehabilitation.

  • Vishal had a great deal to offer to the community.

He advised Jood that “people will aggravate you”, but he “should resist the temptation to react violently.”

More than meets the eye

Clearly, as is true for most such incidents, there is more than one side to the story of Vishal Jood. He felt provoked by Sikhs in Sydney protesting against the farm laws of the Modi Government back in India. This is not unique to Sydney. Sikh groups have protested in Britain, America and Canada too – all centres of Sikh migration. Vishal Jood’s case is that he took it upon himself to stand up to these protests. That premise rests upon the presumption, widely promoted by Hindu right-wing groups that are partial to the BJP’s policies, that protesting against the Indian Government is somehow anti-India. This is manifestly false; and even if Vishal Jood genuinely believed it was anti-India, it was not his burden to rise up and stand up for the Modi government.

If the Sikh protesters broke any laws in the countries where their protests occurred then that is a matter for the local police.

Peaceful protest is never a matter for violent vigilante policing by self-appointed patriots.

Though many of Vishal Jood’s supporters may think his violence was justified, the fact is that he was convicted of criminal offences in an Australian court. That he was lionised and turned into some kind of a patriotic hero on his return home from victimisation in a foreign country is typical of Hindu right-wing communal politics in India since the BJP’s rise to power in 2014.

Vishal Jood is no conquering hero who returned to his homeland to be feted like an Olympic gold medal winner. He was put on a flight home as soon as he had served his time in the jail of a foreign country which regards India as a good friend. His welcome in India as a patriot who was unjustly treated belies the confidence of the Australian magistrate that Jood had “good prospects for rehabilitation”.

If anything Vishal Jood’s prospects for rapid elevation in right-wing nationalist politics is bright indeed.

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Situation escalating, wonder how long there will be similar in USA, Canada and UK

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https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/why-proindia-supports-clashed-with-sikhs-at-melbournes-federation-square/news-story/9b842c48d5c3142733727dd370ef71dc

Why Pro-India Supports clashed with Sikhs at Melbourne’s Federation Square

An ugly clash in the heart of Melbourne between two Indian ethnic groups erupted last weekend with up to 100 people embroiled in the fracas – but what started it?

Rebecca BorgRebecca Borg
 
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February 1, 2023 - 9:22AM
 

Over the weekend, a Melbourne landmark became the centre of an ugly clash between two Indian ethnic groups in scenes rarely seen in Australia.

Footage posted to social media captured the moment about 100 people broke out into a fight, using flags as weapons outside Federation Square on Sunday afternoon.

The brawl, which broke out at about 4.30pm, occurred during a referendum event organised by US-based group Sikhs for Justice, who are campaigning to create a separate Sikh-majority state called Khalistan in India’s Punjab region.

The state of Punjab was established in 1947 when the partition of India split the former Raj province of Punjab – which was previously under British rule – between India and Pakistan when the two countries gained their independence.

But because Khalistan will take away land from parts of Punjab less than a century on from its emergence, pro-India activists are against the movement creating a rivalry between the two groups.

An ugly clash in the heart of Melbourne between two Indian ethnic groups erupted last weekend with up to 100 people embroiled in the fracas.

An ugly clash in the heart of Melbourne between two Indian ethnic groups erupted last weekend with up to 100 people embroiled in the fracas.

Dozens of Sikhs were spotted lining up to vote in the early hours of Sunday. Picture: Twitter/@Lekha250913991

Dozens of Sikhs were spotted lining up to vote in the early hours of Sunday. Picture: Twitter/@Lekha250913991

So when a group of pro-India supporters arrived at the Khalistan referendum in Melbourne on Sunday, a usually family-friendly Federation Square became the centre of a wild brawl which left two men injured and innocent bystanders scrambling for safety.

As police investigations continue, many questions have been raised by concerned community members about the groups involved and what led to the confronting scenes.

Here’s news.com.au’s deep dive into the situation.

 

Why were these ethnic groups at Federation Square?

Prior to the brawl, the day commenced peacefully as dozens of voters taking part in the referendum were seen queuing outside Federation Square from 8.30am.

“The purpose of the referendum was to exercise the democratic right given to all humans by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of freedom of speech and expression,” Jaswinder Singh, CEO of Sikh Volunteers Australia told news.com.au.

Melbourne’s referendum event was one of several non-binding referendums that have occurred globally in recent years, with others being held in the UK, Italy, Canada and Switzerland.

It’s anticipated more will be hosted across Australian cities in some time.

“By conducting a non-binding referendum in the whole world among the Sikh population, Sikhs want to convince the United Nations and the Western World that a binding referendum must be conducted in Punjab to liberate it from Indian occupancy,” Mr Singh said.

Sikhs were asked to answer this yes or no question as part of the referendum. Picture: Twitter / @HindolSengupta

Sikhs were asked to answer this yes or no question as part of the referendum. Picture: Twitter / @HindolSengupta

Those taking part in the referendum were asked the yes-or-no question: “Should Indian Governed Punjab be an independent country?”.

After submitting their vote, Sikhs around the polling place were seen waving Khalistan flags while sporting the colours yellow and blue. Voting was open until 5pm that evening.

At the same time, it’s believed a small pro-India group who practiced Hinduism were protesting near the Botanical Gardens.

At about 4.30pm, pro-India members who allegedly came from the Botanical Gardens protest, were spotted at Federation Square waving their national flag.

While it’s still unclear what exactly caused the brawl, a violent clash soon broke out with members of both parties using their flags as weapons while others were forced to flee to safety.

The larger altercation came just hours after a smaller dispute in the same area which Victoria Police said occurred shortly after midday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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