ANI News – US: Union City police chief’s son held for attack on Sikh man

Union City – California – USA, 10 Aug 2018. Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister’s estranged son Tyrone Keith McAllister has been arrested for physically assaulting a 71-year-old Sikh man in Manteca here.

Union Minister for Food Processing, Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday shared CCTV footage on her Twitter handle, in which Tyrone and his accomplice confronted the elderly Sikh man, at what looked like a deserted road near a park.

In a statement, the Union City Police Department said that one of the two perpetrators involved in the assault of an elderly Manteca man on August 6 was the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister, Tyrone Keith McAllister.

Tyrone, who was believed to be wearing a dark coloured hoodie and jeans kicked the elderly man to the ground in a fit of rage. He then continued kicking the man, yelling something and spit on him, before fleeing the scene.

“Chief McAllister’s status as a law enforcement leader has no bearing or relation to the case whatsoever, but he is devastated by how much the nature of his son’s actions are such a departure from everything he has stood for in his personal life and 37 year career of compassionate, engaging police work,” the statement added.

It continued that Chief McAllister and his wife worked with the Manteca Police Department to help track down and arrest Tyrone.

The statement further said, “Chief McAllister expresses deep concern for the victim and the victim’s family and he remains steadfast that his son, an adult, must be accountable for his actions.”

Harsimrat Kaur, who is a Member of Parliament from Punjab, had raised concern over the rising incidents of alleged racism against Sikhs in the United States and sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President, Gobind Singh Longewal requested the central government to take up the incident with US authorities.

He said, “This is a sad incident, an elderly innocent man was a target of racial abuse. I appeal to our government to take up this matter with US authorities and ensure punishment for the culprits.” (ANI)


News 18 – Centre to withdraw petition against compensation to Sikhs arrested during Operation Blue Star

The compensation was to be borne by the Centre and the Punjab government in equal measure, but the central government has been opposing this for long.

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 19 June 2018. Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday said that the Centre will withdraw its petition filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against a decision taken by an Amritsar court last year to provide compensation to 40 Sikhs arrested from the Golden Temple complex following Operation Blue Star.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “In 1984, when the Congress attacked the Darbar Sahib, there were many pilgrims who had come to pay obeisance, but the then government arrested them and put them behind bars for five long years. They moved the court, which directed the government to compensate them”.

The compensation was to be borne by the Centre and the Punjab government in equal measure, but the central government has been opposing this for long.

She added, “Now, Rajnath Singh has assured us that the appeal filed against this verdict will be withdrawn and the compensation will be provided to the detenues”.

Claiming that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had hatched a conspiracy to attack the Golden Temple, Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “The de-classified documents regarding Operation Bluestar in the UK reveal that Indira Gandhi was planning to carry out an attack on the Golden Temple for two years.

She had also written a letter to then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Congress had stooped too low to win an election by attacking the Darbar Sahib.”

“We have asked the Union Home Minster to procure those declassified documents from Britain and make them public here in India,” she added.

DNA India – GST on Langar: SGPC writes to Center again for exemption of taxes

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 10 May 2018. The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has revealed that they again wrote to the Centre, demanding exemption of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) being levied on ‘langar’ (community meal) service at Gurdwaras across the country, but received no reply.

“We’ve written letters to the government, but haven’t got any reply. We want the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be removed from the langar service,” Daljit Singh Bedi, Additional Secretary of SGPC, told ANI.

Earlier, Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that the due to GST on ‘langar,’ the money used for feeding more people was going in taxes.

The SGPC spends around Rs 75 crore to purchase desi ghee, sugar and pulses, all used in the preparation of food served at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Citing this, the minister said the committee would have to bear a financial burden of Rs 10 crore on purchases, as they came under the 5 to 18 percent GST bracket.

The Hindu – GST on langar: Congress MP’s colourful protest makes heads turn

New Delhi – India, 04 April 2018. Sporting a kurta imprinted with a demand for the rollback of GST on langar, the free community kitchen at the famed Golden Temple, Congress MP from Amrtisar Gurjeet Singh Aujla stood out in the Lok Sabha on April 4.

Amid the din in the House with AIADMK members demanding immediate constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board, Mr Aujla made many heads turn with the colourful message printed on his white kurta.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, which is the holiest of all Sikh shrines, runs one of the largest community kitchens in the world feeding freshly cooked food to 50,000 devotees on weekdays and over 1 lakh on weekends and festivals.

The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, which manages all gurdwaras, has been urging the Centre to exempt the free kitchens at the Golden Temple and other Sikh shrines from the purview of the Goods and Services Tax.

Earlier, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to exempt all purchases made by the SGPC for the langar service from the GST.

After implementation of the GST, the Golden Temple reportedly shelled out over Rs 2 crore extra in 2017 as GST for purchasing ration for the langar. Under the new GST Act, there is a provision for exemption to institutions and businesses on the recommendation of the GST Council.

The Times of India – Harsimrat urges PM Narendra Modi to take up no-turban law with French President

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 11 March 2018. Union food processing industry minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to talk to France President Emmanuel Macron about Sikhs being made to remove their turbans while being photographed for official identification.

Macron arrived for a four-day visit to India on Friday night.

Harsimrat, in a letter to Modi, said she had received repeated requests from the Sikh community settled in France, as well as the Counseil Representatif des Sikhs de France, that a law which required removal of turbans while being photographed for passport, identity card, health card, transport card, driving license or any other identification issued by the French administration, was causing them severe humiliation.

She said this law was also a violation of Sikh tenets, and the Sikh community was confident that the issue could be addressed by the Prime Minister.

“Nowhere else in the world were Sikhs subjected to this kind of discrimination,” added Harsimrat. She said there was a need to sensitise the French government about Sikh culture, and explain them the sensitivity of the community on this issue, while asserting that the turban was an integral part of the Sikh identity.