In a recent series of events, Kirandeep Kaur, the wife of Amritpal Singh, emerged as a key player in sustaining her husband’s violent and separatist Khalistan movement. As the UK government held its silence following the attempted vandalism of the Indian High Commission in London, Kaur’s role in enabling her husband’s actions has come to light.
Kirandeep Kaur, a British national, was detained despite having a valid visa and no charges against her. Sources indicate that her connection was crucial in maintaining Amritpal Singh’s activities in Punjab. Funds were allegedly transferred and pressure applied on the UK government by Khalistani supporters, who claimed control over significant vote banks in Britain. These supporters urged the government to refrain from acting against the vandalism of Indian diplomatic missions.
In response to the pro-Khalistan activity in the UK, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval held discussions with his British counterpart, Tim Barrow, on March 30. Additionally, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for strong action against anti-India elements in a conversation with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak on April 13.
India’s diplomatic pressure on the UK, as well as the lack of international support for Kirandeep Kaur’s detention, may have contributed to Amritpal Singh’s decision to surrender rather than continue evading authorities. This case highlights the role that individuals, such as Kaur, can play in enabling extremist movements and emphasizes the importance of international cooperation in addressing such threats.