An Indo-Canadian mediaperson and host of a Punjabi-language speak present community within the Higher Toronto Space (GTA) was assaulted by a gaggle of three individuals, for apparently criticising pro-Khalistan parts in Canada.
Deepak Punj, host of Frontline Radio, was accosted by three younger males at round 12.30pm native time on Wednesday, whereas he was getting ready to enter the constructing housing his studio.
The day prior, he had featured a present throughout which he had criticised the show of Khalistan flags and anti-India slogans throughout a vigil in Brampton, a GTA city, on Sunday.
That, he advised the , seemed to be the provocation for the assault. “They requested me if I did a present on this matter, after which attacked me.”
One of many as but unidentified assailants was armed with a handgun, whereas one other hit Punj on the top with an empty beer bottle and punched him.
Punj stated he reported the assault to native regulation enforcement and it was being investigated.
He stated the attackers spoke to him in English and Punjabi, and he supplied the police with the final three digits of the licence plate of the car they had been travelling in in addition to its make.
“I’m being harassed as a result of I’m from Punjab and I oppose Khalistan,” he stated.
Punj stated he additionally criticised New Democratic Occasion (NDP) chief Jagmeet Singh on his programme for his hypocrisy. He stated whereas Singh had repeatedly supported the anti-farm legal guidelines protests in India, when it got here to the truckers’ strike in Ottawa, he not solely opposed that agitation however even helped the minority Liberal Authorities cross the Emergencies Act by way of the Home of Commons.
The set off for Punj’s programme was the vigil at Brampton Metropolis Corridor on Sunday, which has already drawn the ire of the Indian authorities.
India has formally expressed “severe concern” over the looks of Patrick Brown, Brampton’s mayor, on the vigil, in a diplomatic illustration or demarche to World Affairs Canada, the nation’s overseas ministry.
The vigil was for Deep Sidhu, who emerged as a big determine in the course of the anti-farm legal guidelines protests in India, was arrested for violence at Crimson Fort on Republic Day final yr, and died in an accident this month. The occasion was organised by Brampton councillor Harkirat Singh.
India’s concern was associated to flags of the secessionist Khalistan motion being seen within the backdrop to Brown’s speech, as different attendees held placards studying #IndiaKills.
The demarche denounced Brown’s reference to the farmers’ protests as interference in India’s inside affairs, notably at a time when an emergency has been imposed on the nationwide and provincial ranges in Canada to counter an agitation by truckers.
Responding to queries despatched to Brown’s workplace on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the mayor stated, “Mayor Brown was invited to talk at a vigil by native Brampton residents. This was a vigil, not an anti-India protest. Mayor Brown has visited India on 20 events and from 2006-14 was the Chair of the Canada-India Parliamentary Affiliation.”
However like many Indo-Canadians who had been incensed with Brown attending and addressing the vigil, Punj believes in any other case, as, he stated, the vigil featured “anti-India stuff”.