Tolo News – Sikh gang in court over smuggling Afghan migrants into UK

A court heard on Monday that the gang smuggled in almost 70 illegal Afghan immigrants by using real passports belonging to other people.

London, 11 July 2017. A London-based Sikh gang helped nearly 70 illegal Afghan immigrants wearing turbans sneak into the UK using passports that were stolen or borrowed from family members.

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the scam netted the gang about $ 800,000 USD.

A court heard on Monday that three Sikh men helped nearly 70 Afghans to sneak into the UK using the real passports of British Sikhs.

According to the Daily Mail, border officials were unable to distinguish between the illegal immigrants who masqueraded as the genuine passport holders because they were wearing turbans, which Sikh men are allowed to have on in their ID documents.

The accused, cousins Daljit Kapoor, 41 and Harmit Kapoor, 42, and Davinder Chawla, 43, a member of the same extended family had all previously pleaded guilty to running the scam which charged each family over $12,000 USD.

The hearing continues.

http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/sikh-gang-court-over-smuggling-afghan-migrants-uk

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Sikh Federation – Tens of thousands of Sikhs from across the UK will gather today in Trafalgar Square

Tens of thousands of Sikhs from across the UK will gather in Trafalgar Square in a show of defiance to terrorists to remember the tens of thousands of Sikhs who lost their lives in 1984 and innocents killed and injured in the last few weeks in Manchester and London.

London 4 June 2017. Over 25,000 Sikhs were due to gather in central London on Sunday 4 June to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the June 1984 attack on the Sri Harmandir Sahib Complex, often referred to as the Golden Temple Complex.

Sikhs were to gather in Hyde Park between 11am and 1pm followed by a remembrance march through central London before holding a massive freedom rally in Trafalgar Square between 2-5pm.

Having discussed arrangements for the Remembrance and Freedom event with the Metropolitan Police last night and this morning we have come to an agreed decision that the event will continue to show defiance to the state terrorism of 1984 and the current terrorist threat across the globe.

In recognition of the policing and security situation in London following the terror attacks last night we have however decided that the event will be a static event in Trafalgar Square form 12 noon to 5pm as a remembrance march in the circumstances is not appropriate.

Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

“The massive gathering today in Trafalgar Square sends a strong and powerful message of defiance to all terrorists. No one will stop us remembering the tens of thousands of Sikhs who lost their lives in 1984”.

“We are grateful for the police support and cooperation. Trafalgar Square today will become a focal point for all freedom loving people. It is also be an opportunity to remember and to stand shoulder to shoulder with the innocents killed and injured in the last few weeks in Manchester and London”.

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

The Indian Express – London: Police arrest two more over British parliament attack

Police had said the man behind the attack was British-born Muslim convert Khalid Masood, who used several aliases, and that they were trying to establish if others had directed him.

London, 24 March 2017. British police said they had made two further significant arrests in the investigation into the attack on London’s parliament and gave the birth name of the man behind the assault as Adrian Russell Ajao.

Britain’s top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley, said police had nine people in custody after the attack on Wednesday which killed five people including the assailant.

Police had said the man behind the attack was British-born Muslim convert Khalid Masood, who used several aliases, and that they were trying to establish if others had directed him.

“Our investigation focuses on understanding his motivation, his operation and his associates,” Rowley said. “Whilst there is still no evidence of further threats, you’ll understand our determination is to find out if either he acted totally alone, inspired perhaps by terrorist propaganda, or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him.

Rowley said police had made two further “significant” arrests overnight, one in the West Midlands and one in the north west of the country. “We now have nine people remaining in custody, and one woman has been released on bail,” he said.

Rowley said the attacker, who ploughed down pedestrians when he sped across Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing an unarmed policeman, had injured at least 50 people in total. Two are still in a critical condition, and one person is considered to have life-threatening injuries.

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Sikh24.com – London Met Police Commissioner celebrates Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurb with Sikh Community

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London, UK, 16 November 2016. The Metropolitan Police for the first time in it’s history have celebrated Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurb. On Tuesday 2nd November 2016, the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association held the event at the Metropolitan Police Service Training School in Hendon, London.

The event was attended by the Commissioner of Police of London, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, Lord Ranbir Singh Suri, Rob Marris MP, West Midlands Police Sikh Association, Akhand Kirtani Jatha UK, Sikh Council UK, Khalsa Foundation, Sikh Helpline, Sikh Women’s alliance, Sikh Union Coventry, and representatives of various UK Gurdwaras.

The event began with a warm welcome from Ravjeet Singh, executive member of Metropolitan Police Sikh Association, and thanking the dignitaries and audience for attending the historical event. Slough Khalsa Academy leading Simran, a recital of a Shabad, and a rap made by students about the life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Inspector Sutinderjit Mahil, Chair of Met Police Sikh Association welcomed guests to the event. Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, congratulated the Metropolitan Police Sikh Association for its great work and wished all the Sikh community best wishes for the Gurpurb of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

The contributions of the Sikh community to the Police were highlighted, and an appeal was made for more Sikhs to come forward to join the Police. He stated that he hopes to see the Metropolitan Police with a Sikh Commissioner in the future.

Dignitaries from within the Police Force included Chief Superintendent Raj Singh Kohli, Chief Superintendent Parm Kaur Sandhu, and Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa.

The historic challenges faced by black and ethnic minority background police recruits and officers was discussed and how lots of progress has been made in trying to recruit officers from diverse backgrounds into the Police Service to reflect the Communities we serve.

Bibi Mandeep Kaur, the Sikh Chaplain to the British Armed Forces, presented a short presentation on ‘Learning leadership skills from Guru Nanak Dev Ji.’

Later, Bhai Manvir Singh, an international Sikh speaker and HM prison chaplain, presented a short presentation on interesting facts and finds about the life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Gurmel Singh Kandola OBE, Chair of Sikh Council UK, provided an insight on the Sikh Council UK and their hopes to create better links with the Police to deal with community matters and issues.

The Sikh Council UK is the largest representative body of Sikhs in the UK, and is the only Sikh organisation to represent Sikh nationally that is democratically elected and held accountable by the Sikh community.

The event was filmed by Sikh Channel (Sky 929), and will be aired on television in the upcoming weeks.

London Met Police Commissioner Celebrates Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurb With Sikh Community