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Tensions rising as UK police and Sikh activists continue to clash


Posted On March 1, 2022

officerThe Sikh community’s tensions with the UK police seem to not be getting any better as in recent days a recruitment stall set up by the authorities in a gurdwara was removed by Sikh activists.

The activists recognised an officer who infiltrated at the West Midlands 3 protest In September 2021 and was seen taking pictures of the protest coordinators and filming key players who were assisting.

On the day he was approached and confronted by activists and he denied being a police officer, now, in recent days he’s been seen in uniform at a West London gurdwara with other officers attempting to recruit Sikhs to the police force.

He was then met by activists and asked to leave.

The police ban in Sikh spaces, by Sikh activists and major senior Sikh orgs, came after the 2018 raids by UK Police on 5 Sikh activists’ homes.

This was in relation to investigations on Jagtar Singh Johal – the information and activities of the raids were highly publicised in the Indian media as they stated it was due to diplomatic pressure put onto UK authorities by the Indian state.

Since the banning a long list of incidents have occurred as tensions seem to keep rising and ongoing court cases and police arrests continue to happen due to the work of some Sikh activists within the community.

We reached out to some key figures in the community to help get a better understanding of these issues.

Gurmel Singh, Supreme Sikh Council UK, said:

“Following the raids on the houses of the five activists and the extradition attempt of another three activists a perception evolved in the Sikh community that due to pressure from
a foreign government particular individuals are being targeted.

“This was exasperated by the misplaced and unnecessary comments by the Home Secretary in US last November.

“Whilst there is a constructive structure with the MET that allows community concerns the same cannot be said about the West Midlands Police and some other forces.

“We will be organising a meeting of Gurdwaras, key organisation and activists to resolve the issues and work toward rebuilding the trust.”

 

Deepa Singh, Sikh Youth UK, said: “The issues with UK police targeting Sikh activists continue as they have attempted to extradite Sikhs, illegally raided our homes, given false intelligence to Indian authorities of innocent activists like Jaggi, harassed and Interrogated our families, stopped and detained us at UK border stops under schedule 7 acts, racially assaulted and abused in custody, put onto government prevent schemes to disrupt our activism, disrupted our funds, silenced our voices on media and continuously harassed Sikhs in the community who speak up.

“This issue isn’t getting any better for them and Sikh activists and orgs across the country are asking us to call for a permanent national banning on them as they continue to upset the grassroots core Sikh activists in UK.”

Mankamal Singh, Sikh Network, mentioned:

“Mistrust of the Police by many UK Sikh community groups goes as far back as the 1970s, driven by bias treatment and miscarriages of justice stemming back to the societal and institutional racism of that era. The precursor of the Sikh community groups came in the form of large community campaigns, ‘defence’ groups and youth movements set up to protect the community from violent racist attacks and the lack of confidence in the police, who themselves were often seen as sympathisers of the attackers.

“From the 1980s onwards, British policing has at times been perceived as an instrument for criminalising Sikh issues at the behest of the warm relationship between the UK and Indian governments. In certain instances, it has been felt that the Indian government has been able to utilise some of the UK Police forces to directly target and arrest the Sikh community activists in the UK who speak up against the Indian state.

“Over the past decade, that perception has crystallised with the case of the West Midlands 3 and the theatrical police raids on known Sikh activists’ homes, seen to be used to perpetuate and sensationalise reporting in the Indian media.”

Shamsher singh, NSYF, added:

“Since the 1980s the UK establishment have used their police and military to target Sikhs and support Indian genocide. India uses narratives of “extremism/terrorism” to justify killings of Sikhs, when the UK police uses these narratives they have taken the side of India. We mistrust the police because we know what their role has always been, to target and silence Sikh resistance to gain the economic favour of India.

“Most recently in Jaggi’s case his MP made the claim that the UK is not acting because of trade deals, just like in the 1980s the UK supported the invasion of Sri Darbar Sahib to secure helicopter sales. Trusting the UK and it’s police is a naive thing to do.”

Here at Unsaid Digital we would like to always be a voice for the Sikh community and state that spies have even been infiltrating the Sikh community In Germany where they have been convicted of infiltration and entrapment against the Sikh community.

This isn’t anything new but seems to be an issue that neither side in the UK will back down from, we hope that our community  will start being treated better by UK authorities, and that activists can continue to raise issues of concern that affect us.

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On 3/1/2022 at 7:05 PM, proactive said:

It Started off like this -;

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And it ended like this...lol. Respect to the Singhs who forced those mammay out and kept the ban on police using our Gurdwaras to spy on our community. 

 

Looks like there's been a lack of coordination between the 'biraderi' in west and east London? 

 

Happy Vaisakhi! #TSG #U31 visited #Barking Gurdwara today. The only thing more amazing then the building, was the welcome (And the food!) #HappyVaisakhi

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