Following hundreds of complaints about threats made during the propaganda event, Australian authorities have decided to cancel a pro-Khalistan event in Sydney’s Blacktown City. According to a report in The Australia Today, a proposed propaganda referendum event in Sydney was originally planned to take place at the Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope but was cancelled due to worries about threats to staff, members of the public, and council property.
“Council has, this morning, cancelled this booking as it is in conflict with adopted Council policy and due to risks to Council staff, Council assets and members of the public which cannot be practicably mitigated,” Blacktown City Council Spokesperson told The Australian Today.
“Council’s decision is in no way an endorsement of, or criticism of, any political position relating to the internal affairs of India or Pakistan and must not be represented as support for any particular political position,” he added.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the New South Wales Police, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) reportedly were involved in the decision to revoke permission for the pro-Khalistan propaganda event.
In addition, it stated that a probe into the Victoria-registered organization was ongoing. A connection to an unaccounted money trail is being investigated, according to the report, which cited an official.
Recently, the BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Australia’s Sydney was found vandalised, The Australia Today reported.
This comes almost two months after temples in Melbourne and Brisbane were vandalised by pro-Khalistan supporters.
After authorities in India launched a manhunt for radical Amritpal Singh, pro-Khalistan activists also made many attempts to vandalise temples and Indian diplomatic facilities in the US and Canada.