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Supporters of Khalistan Financed by Pakistan and Other Nations: Bhagwant Mann

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In the midst of the ongoing unrest in his state caused by recent activities of Khalistani sympathiser Amritpal Singh and his followers, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann alleged on Sunday that supporters of Khalistan were receiving funding from Pakistan and other countries.

Mann, who was in Gujarat, also stated that the Punjab Police were capable of managing the situation and that only a small number of people were supporting the pro-Khalistan movement in Punjab without providing any specific strategies for dealing with Khalistani elements.

“Do you think 1,000 people represent the entire Punjab? You come to Punjab and see for yourself who all are shouting such slogans,” he said after being asked about pro Khalistan slogans being raised in his state after Amritpal Singh’s episode.

He was addressing a press conference in Bhavnagar city of Gujarat after attending a mass wedding function.

Mann said those who brought a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib to the police station as a shield cannot be referred to as “waris” (heirs) of Punjab in reference to Khalistani sympathiser Amritpal Singh and his followers’ recent action in Ajnala, a village outside of Amritsar. 

The chief minister of Punjab also downplayed Singh’s claimed threat to use more violence in the coming days and described the incident as a minor one. The AAP representative also criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for being in power somewhere at national level over the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) interrogation of Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the Delhi Excise Police Case.

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