Sikh advocating for the separate state of Khalistan heckled the Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Sunday during his visit to the Hicksville Gurdwara in New York, reports the Times of India.
The protestors blamed Taranjit Singh Sandhu for the failed assassination attempt of Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, founder of the separatist group in the U.S., Sikhs for Justice.
They also connected him to the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.
Video on X shows Sandhu leaving the Gurdwara followed by Sikh separatists.
India Today, quoting the PTI news service, described Sandhu’s greeting at the gurdwara as a warm one.
“Privileged to join the local Sangat, including from Afghanistan, at Guru Nanak Darbar of Long Island in celebrating Gurpurab- listened to Kirtan, spoke about Guru Nanak’s everlasting message of togetherness, unity, & equality, partook langar, and sought blessings for all,” Sandhu said on social media Sunday.
The Times of India reported that claims that the protest forced Sandhu to abruptly end his visit are false, saying he clearly completely his visit and that moderate Sikhs outnumbered the protestors.
Last week, the U.S State Department expressed concerns to India that it was somehow involved in an assassination plot against Pannun. Earlier this year, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau says his government had credible evidence linking India to the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
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