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SFJ picks Canadian portal for 'Referendum 2020' in Delhi

IANS | July 19, 2020 10:00 PM

NEW DELHI: Days after India blocked a Russian portal used by pro-Khalistan group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) to propagate its anti-India agenda, the banned group on Sunday launched a Canadian portal to register 'Referendum 2020' votes to demand Khalistan, a separate homeland for Sikhs in Punjab.

A major security alert was sounded here by agencies as the group this time targeted the national capital for voter registration regarding 'Referendum 2020' unlike its previous attempt to pick Punjab for its illegal agenda.

The group took the step after India on July 4 blocked the Russian website www.punjabfree.ru, which was used by SFJ for online voter registration for 'Referendum 2020' in Punjab. The SFJ had launched its much-publicised online voter registration for 'Referendum 2020' for people in Punjab through the Russian portal in memory of Sikhs killed during the 1955 attack at Darbar Sahib.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had in July last year banned the SFJ for advocating Referendum 2020, an online campaign to demand Khalistan.

Citing information, sources in the intelligence wing said, the SFJ launched Canadian portal 'DelhiBanayGaKhalistan.ca' from Canada to register 'Referendum 2020' votes here in Delhi, forcing the security agencies to sound an alert to concerned departments to foil the second such attempt of the group within a month.

Banking on Canada's commitment to freedom of speech for pro-Khalistan campaigns, the secessionist group launched www.DelhiBanayGaKhalistan.ca -- the Canadian portal-- for voter registration for Referendum 2020.
Experts in internal security say as Delhi was the epicenter of the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the SFJ chose it for its 'Referendum 2020' voter registration agenda.

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