Exclusive: Khalistani militant Pamma seen at anti-farm bill protests in London

Anti-India, separatist elements were seen at the demonstrations that took place in support of the farmers’ protest in India outside the Indian High Commission in London on Sunday. Sources confirmed to India Today TV that Khalistani militant Paramjeet Singh Pamma was also present at the protest in London.

Massive crowds gathered outside the Indian mission to protest the agricultural legislations of India that have brought farmers on the borders of Delhi, demanding a rollback of the laws.

To a question on who were the demonstrators and what were they demanding, the Indian High Commission said, “As expected, it soon became clear that the gathering was led by anti-India separatists who had taken the opportunity of the farm protests in India to ostensibly back the farmers in India but use the opportunity to pursue their own anti-India agenda.”

India has been alerting foreign capitals about the objectives and implications of the farm reform laws that have evoked pushback from some quarters.

Pamma is on the NIA’s most-wanted list and has been living in exile in the UK. Accused of militant activities, he was a key conspirator of the explosions in Patiala and Ambala. Pamma was arrested in Portugal in December 2015 on an Interpol Red Corner Notice (RCN) issued on the request of the Indian government.

He was later released after India’s extradition request was turned down by Portugal. Pamma is a UK resident since 2000 where he was granted political asylum.

Another key leader responsible for galvanising the protests in UK is Indian-origin Sikh MP, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who is well known to be closely connected with Kashmiri separatists and Khalistani elements in the UK.

Recently, 36 British Members of Parliament (MPs), led by Dhesi, had written to UK Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab to make representations with his Indian counterpart External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar about the impact of “British Sikhs and Punjabis, with longstanding links to land and farming in India”.

Describing it as a purely internal issue, the officer said, “As many are aware, the protest against agri reform bills in India is part of a democratic process. It is work in progress in our functioning democracy. Government of India is in talks with the protesters which are still ongoing. Needless to say, it is an internal issue of India.”

Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission took up the matter of these protests being planned outside the mission with the British authorities and have been alarmed to see that there have been major violations of Covid norms.

To a question on how the protesters obtained permission to assemble outside the Indian High Commission in direct violation of the Covid-19 regulations, the embassy’s response was, “Indeed the protesters had gathered in large numbers around 3,500-4,000 in front of the high commission flouting social distancing norms during a pandemic. About 700 vehicles had participated in the rally.”

“Protesters arrived in vehicles. The High Commission had been informed that as per normal practice, permission had been sought from London Met Police for a drive-past protest involving about 40 vehicles. We were also aware that the police had given specific warnings against gathering of more than 30 people,” the mission said.

The “developing” situation was brought to the attention of the UK Foreign Office and Home Office.

“London Metropolitan Police managed, controlled and eventually disposed the crowds. We could see that a few violent protesters were arrested. Our high commission has been coordinating closely with the authorities concerned and we will, together with them address the issues that have come up, for example how this gathering of thousands could take place without specific permission etc,” said the officer.

India has not only engaged foreign governments about the concerns regarding these anti-India elements in UK, US, Canada seen at the protests, but has also apprised them of what the bills mean.

“In recent days, the High Commission has comprehensively briefed the relevant interlocutors in the UK government and Parliament on the fundamental features of the path breaking Farming Sector reforms initiated by the Govt of India,” was the response of the High Commission.

“The fact that currently the Govt of India has reached out to the farmer organisations in India to address any of their apprehensions and concerns about the relevant reform measures is part of the democratic decision-making process and exemplifies the spirit of responsive governance in India,” it further said.

India Today TV has learnt that there has been no damage to property or harm to any official or staff of the Indian High Commission at the time this article was being written.

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