London, 11 October (TNN). A British Sikh of Indian origin has been fined £ 10,000 for violating Kovid-19 restrictions by organizing a car rally in support of Punjab farmers.
On 4 October, a fine was imposed on Deepa Singh (39) for a rally by around 4,000 people in Southall on cars, tractors, tempo and motorbikes to show solidarity with India's farmers who were opposing the new agricultural laws. The rally created a jam on the roads.
Deepa said, the fine will obviously be sent to me within 28 days. My lawyers will fight against it.
He said, the police initially came to me and warned me that I was violating the coronovirus law as it was not political and it was a large gathering. It moved forward nonetheless. Then in an hour they came to me and asked me to get out of the car and fined.
Deepa said, the police is saying that it is not political, but farmers across India are demonstrating and hundreds are committing suicide. How is it not political? How can I not be political when I talk about 1984 and Khalistan? Being a Sikh makes you political.
He said protests erupted for Black Lives Matters and he was not fined £ 10,000. All Pakistanis celebrated Eid in the streets of Southall and were not even fined. They are seen targeting Sikhs.
Deepa said, I stand with the Anandpur Sahib resolution. Farmers are protesting for not getting fair price. It has given courage and strength to our brothers and sisters in Punjab.
Shamsher Singh of the National Sikh Youth Federation said, the rally was organized to show solidarity with the farmers and laborers of our Sikh motherland, where farmers are protesting against the discriminatory new laws that control markets and land to the corporation Give.
He said, we do not know on what basis he imposed the fine on Deepa. The police were not clear about their instructions and did not block traffic for us and were not helpful in any way.
A person has been fined £ 10,000 for breaking the Health Protection Relations 2020 in connection with a protest in Southall on 4 October, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
The spokesman said protests were not being allowed under the Coronovirus Act. Organizers should conduct a complete risk assessment and take all steps to limit the transmission of the virus. They should ensure that it is followed.