Brauti Thorning LLP, a legal firm based in Toronto, has recently advocated on behalf of the Hindu Forum Canada for law enforcement authorities to initiate a thorough investigation and implement suitable measures to designate Gurpatwant Pannun as a perpetrator of criminal activities involving the incitement of violence and hate speech.
An Indo-Canadian organization has formally requested Canadian law enforcement to take action against the secessionist group known as Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). The organization claims that SFJ has made threats towards Air India planes operating to and from Canada, as well as other locations.
On February 14, 2023, Air India passenger aircraft were observed on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India. The photograph depicts Air India passenger aircraft situated on the tarmac at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India, on February 14, 2023. According to a report from Reuters,
A correspondence sent by the law firm Brauti Thorning LLP, situated in Toronto, on behalf of the Hindu Forum Canada, has urged law enforcement agencies to undertake a thorough inquiry and implement suitable measures to designate Mr. Pannun as an individual engaging in criminal activities by inciting violence and promoting hate speech. We strongly advocate for his expeditious apprehension and prosecution in Canada on the grounds of his suspected engagement in hate speech and associated endeavors.
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According to the letter filed by lawyer Peter Thorning, it is argued that the implementation of these regulations is crucial in order to maintain Canada’s dedication to cultivating an inclusive, tolerant culture that is devoid of the impact of hate speech and its divisive ramifications. The correspondence was addressed to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and Peel Regional Police (PRP).
The correspondence also made mention of a film disseminated by SFJ in September, wherein a directive was issued to those of Indian descent adhering to the Hindu faith, urging them to depart from Canada. The aforementioned video was released shortly following the address made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons on September 18, wherein he acknowledged the existence of “credible allegations” regarding a possible connection between Indian agents and the assassination of Khalistani figure Gardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18.
On November 9, Canadian media outlets reported that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Federal Transport Ministry were conducting an investigation into the potential threats posed to Air India planes traveling to and from Canada. The aforementioned inquiries were conducted in connection with a video disseminated by SFJ earlier this month, which Gurpatwant Pannun, the organization’s general-counsel, issues a cautionary message to Sikhs in Punjabi, advising them against use Air India as of November 19 due to potential threats to their personal safety. The sentence is duplicated.
In conjunction with the video, Pannun issued a statement advocating for a “Global blockade” of the aircraft route connecting Vancouver and London. In a subsequent statement, Pannun asserted that he was advocating for a boycott of the airline rather than making a threat.
On Tuesday, Pannun asserted that there is no need for clarification or investigation. The individual asserted that Air India was not at risk of experiencing any form of physical harm, but rather faced the potential consequences of an economic boycott. According to his statement, the individual asserted that the threat narrative was an endeavor to undermine the legitimacy of the Khalistan Referendum, which is being carried out by the aforementioned group.
The subject of security for Air India flights at Canadian airports has been brought to the attention of Canadian authorities by India’s High Commission in Ottawa. The High Commission has received assurances that security measures have been strengthened. Air India operates several flights on a weekly basis connecting the airports located in Vancouver and Mississauga within the Greater Toronto Area.
Source- Hindustan times