NIA summons farmer movement leader Baldev Singh Sirsa in terror funding case

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: Jan. 17, 2021, 10:48 a.m.

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued summons to Baldev Singh Sirsa, the head of the public welfare justice welfare society, who is involved in the farmers’ movement. 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned Baldev Singh Sirsa in connection with alleged links to the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) organisation and he has been asked to appear in the Delhi headquarters. The NIA says that Sirsa is to be questioned in connection with the case registered on Gurpantwant Singh Pannu, the leader of ‘Sikhs for Justice’.

According to the NIA, anti-India organizations are providing financial support to various NGOs. In the coming days, several other investigative agencies may also make similar disclosures. There are constant calls from anti-India organizations from the US, Canada and the UK. Financial assistance is also being received from these organizations.

 Significantly, the Sikh for Justice (SFJ) has been named by the Union Home Ministry in the list of terrorist groups. The organization has been accused of giving encouragement to organizations raising demand for Khalistan in India. The Union of Sirsa is one of the unions to discuss agricultural laws with the government.

On the other hand, Baldev Singh Sirsa has termed the allegations against him baseless and says that he is paying the price to support the farmers. The government is putting a stop to my bid to suppress the protest. Government agencies are being used. At the same time, Sirsa says that it does not matter to us. We will not bow down. The NIA is working day and night trying to stop the Farmers Parade on 26 January. At the same time, the government is adamant on discrediting this movement.

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On the other hand, the NIA says that Sirsa is to be questioned in connection with the case registered against ‘Sikh for Justice’ leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. 

Pannu is accused of ‘creating an atmosphere of fear and anarchy and inciting people to revolt against the Government of India’.

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