After a section of Sikhs protested against the visiting Akali Dal delegation in the United States and Canada in July last year, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Captain Amarinder Singh is likely to face protests during his visit to both the countries.
Beginning April 19, Amarinder is scheduled to visit Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco in the US and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.
“Captain represents the Congress and the Congress is responsible for 1984 riots. Amarinder says that we should forget June 1984 attack on Golden Temple as it is history now,” read one of the Facebook posts by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which has launched a prolific campaign to oppose Amarinder during his visit to the US and Canada. On its Facebook page, SFJ also questioned Amarinder’s remarks on Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, besides uploading a couple of videos it made to slam Captain ahead of his visit.
“If you were tortured in Punjab during 2002-2007, while Capt Amarinder Singh was in power, contact SFJ at +1 724 5872020 email@example.com,” reads another post.
In an email, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun has stated, SFJ will “launch private criminal prosecution to seek arrest warrants of former Chief Minister of Punjab for his culpability in the torture and extra judicial killing of Canadian residents in India”.
“Being head of the state in 2012, Capt Amarinder Singh started the practice of reinstating, promoting and protecting the police officials named repeatedly by victims and Human Rights groups as perpetrators of torture, disappearances, and extra-judicial executions,” said Pannun.
“Canadian Constitution promotes Human Rights and does not condone the acts of those who participate or protect violators. We are launching a private criminal prosecution against Captain. in Canada as individuals like Amarinder who are in positions of power cannot be held accountable in India,” Pannun said.
“The Criminal Code of Canada Section 7(3.7) grants extra-territorial jurisdiction to Canadian courts to prosecute any visiting foreigner on the charges of torture of Canadian citizens. This section provides that an offense of torture shall be deemed to have been committed in Canada if (a) the complainant is a Canadian citizen; or (b) the person who commits the act or omission is, after the commission thereof, present in Canada,” Pannun stated.
Congress legislator from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who was scheduled to take a flight to the United States Thursday night told The Indian Express, “We have attorneys ready in United States and Canada to give a befitting reply to SFJ and its legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannu.”