(July 25, 2012): As per media reports there have been protests from the
British Sikh community following news that Indian politician Jagdish Tytler
may be permitted to visit the country for the Olympic Games.
The Sikh Federation (UK) says the Government is refusing to confirm if he
will be allowed into the country despite opposition.
“A campaign was launched with Sikhs writing thousands of letters to UK MPs
to stop Tytler leading the Indian delegation. It appears he has been dropped
as leading the delegation, but there is still concern that he will be
visiting the country for the games, despite requests to the Government for
reassurance that he will be prevented from entering the UK” reports the
Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK), is quoted to have said:
“The Sikh community is deeply opposed to Tytler because of his direct
involvement in the anti-Sikh pogroms of November 1984 when innocent Sikhs
were killed in their thousands – often burnt alive – in around 130 cities
across northern India, most notably in Delhi”.
“What is unclear is if Tytler will join a later group for the start of the
Olympics. British Sikhs have been disappointed that the UK Government has
been unable to confirm whether or not Tytler will be allowed to enter the UK
– despite pressure from shadow Labour foreign office ministers”, he is
reported to have added.
“If the Government does not stop this happening, Sikhs will then be forced
to organise a peaceful protest, but as the strength of opposition is so
great protesters may run into several thousand. This would be most
regrettable given the positive image of the London Olympics 2012 that we all
wish to portray and the support the Sikh community and the Sikh Federation
(UK) specifically gave for securing the Olympics in London,” Bhai Amrik
The Sikh Federation (UK) is planning through its human rights wing called
Khalsa Human Rights to gather specific evidence from victims in the UK to
provide to the UK authorities, including the police, to prevent entry to the
country or possible arrest and prosecution on arrival of Indian politicians
and former police officers involved in human rights abuses.
The Sikh Federation (UK) is also opposed to the potential entry to the
country of KPS Gill.