Washington: Followers of the poet-saint Guru Ravidas staged a protest outside the office of a pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) in New York on Sunday, against the alleged burning of the Indian Constitution by them. SFJ also allegedly demanded a referendum in Punjab, for a separate Khalistan state.
"SFJ tore a copy of the Indian Constitution and burnt it," said Ashok Kumar Mahi, president of Guru Ravidas temple in New York.
However, it came to light that SFJ did not burn the Constitution in public, as they had announced earlier. "They sent us a video of burning the Constitution," said Mahi, who had called for the demonstrations outside the SFJ office on Sunday.
The protesters raised slogans against the organisation and burnt the effigy of its leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. According to Mahi, members of the Guru Ravidas Gurudwara had been insulted by the act of burning the constitution. "Our protest is against them burning the sacred Constitution. They provoked us by sending this video," Mahi said.
The pro-Khalistan group has long been banned by India for its alleged activities against the country. SFJ, along with other like-minded organisations are planning to organise a referendum later this year for a separate Khalistan state.