Sikh BJP leaders in Punjab receive death threats

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Sikh BJP leaders in Punjab receive death threats

Wednesday, 10 July 2024 | PNS | Chandigarh

Four prominent Sikh leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Punjab have received death threats. A threat letter, along with some inflammable materials, was sent to the BJP’s Chandigarh office, Kamalam, in Sector 33, warning the leaders to leave the party or face dire consequences, with slogans in support of Khalistan and Pakistan written on it.


The leaders whose names were included in the letter included BJP national general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa, BJP Sikh Coordination Committee and National Railway Committee member Tejinder Singh Sran, and BJP state general secretary Parminder Singh Brar. Additionally, the name of BJP’s state organization general secretary Srinivasulu was also mentioned in the letter.


Upon receiving the threat letter, BJP leaders have reportedly lodged a complaint with the Chandigarh police. Sran maintained that he was also planning to meet with the Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of Punjab and Chandigarh regarding the matter.


The letter explicitly warned Parminder Brar and Sran, stating that they had previously been cautioned through social media posts also. The letter accused them of “betraying” Sikhs and the people of Punjab by joining hands with the BJP and RSS. “Leave BJP or we will eliminate you from this world,” read the letter.


In the letter, the BJP leaders were accused of undermining the farmers’ movement and being traitors to Sikhism. It alleged that they are misleading the people of Punjab and encouraging them to join the BJP under RSS’s influence.


The letter claimed that the leaders are working to spoil Sikh-Muslim relations and warned that after being used by the BJP and RSS, they will be discarded. Citing past attempts by others to destroy Punjab, the letter stated that the current leaders have ruined Punjab, which — according to the letter — will be rectified soon.


Besides, the letter also indicated that they were aware of conspiracies against them being planned in Chandigarh while promising retaliation. It specifically mentioned Sirsa, accusing him of aligning with RSS and handing over Delhi SGPC to BJP-RSS. The letter vowed to free Delhi’s DSGMC gurdwaras from BJP’s control and sought revenge for their brothers killed in Canada, Pakistan, and India by what it calls traitors working with the BJP government.


The letter concluded with a warning to the senior BJP leader Srinivasulu, urging him to leave Punjab. It asserted that they have no personal enmity with him but will not spare any traitors among the Sikhs. The letter ended with chants of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ and praises for various Khalistani and Pakistani leaders.


Following the receipt of the letter, Chandigarh police have intensified security measures around the BJP leaders and launched an investigation into the source of the threats. The incident has raised serious concerns about the safety of political leaders in the state, particularly those associated with the BJP, amid the ongoing political tensions.

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