Sikhs and Patels protest against Modi at UN headquarters


New York: At least 500 Sikhs and about 250 people from Patidar community supporters held protest outside the United Nations as PM Modi addressed the General Assembly.  Under the banner of Sikhs for Justice, over 200 Sikhs, alleging human rights violations in Punjab, demanded referendum in 2020 for a separate Khalistan. The protesters, raising anti-India and anti-Modi slogans, urged the world body to take steps to meet their demand.

There is massive violations against minorities, in particular against Christians, Sikhs and Muslims,” SFJ leader Bakhshish Singh Sandhu claimed Friday.

Side by side in a separate enclosure were a few dozen members of the Patidar community from Gujarat who are living in different parts of the country.

In contrast to last year when hundreds turned up to cheer Modi, there were only about a dozen people from the Overseas BJP. But some members of the SPG joined them in holding up their banners and shouting slogans of welcome for Modi.

We want justice from police brutalities. As many as 4,000 youths are still in police custody. There has been police brutality against innocent people. So far no action has been taken against the police officials responsible for this,” one Anil Patel claimed.

The Patidar protesters were sporting caps of Sardar Patel Group from Gujarat, which is leading the movement for reservations for the Patel community in the State. Sikh protestors held up signs demanding a 2020 referendum in Punjab and paraded an effigy of Modi.