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British Sikh TV Station Fined for Inciting Violence Against Indian Official

By    |   Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 03:56 PM

Sangat Television, a Birmingham-based satellite television channel broadcasting Sikh cultural programming, has been fined 30,000 pounds ($46,716) for airing a discussion in which commentators endorsed an attempt to murder a retired Indian general, the London Telegraph reported Thursday.

Last September 30, former Lt. Gen. Kuldip Singh Brar was walking with his wife in London when he was attacked by four people who had been trailing them for days. Brar’s face and neck were slashed by the assailants - Sikh extremists seeking to kill him to avenge his leadership in the 1984 assault by the Indian Army on militants who occupied the Golden Temple in Amritsar, - a major Sikh religious shrine.

Following the assassination attempt, Sangat TV broadcast statements in a panel discussion program in which commentators said Brar deserved to be attacked and congratulated the perpetrators.

The British government regulatory authority Ofcom levied the fine after concluding the statements “were an indirect call to members of the Sikh community to take violent action against Lt Gen Brar [and] other members of the Indian armed forces.”

In a recent interview with the Independent newspaper, Brar - himself a Sikh – said an extremist Sikh website boasted that there had been seven previous attempts to kill him.

Brar, who lives in a heavily guarded community in Mumbai, said he was unsure that he would die a natural death, pointing out that his former boss, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated despite tight security.






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Sangat Television, a Birmingham-based satellite television channel broadcasting Sikh cultural programming, has been fined 30,000 pounds ($46,716) for airing a discussion in whichcommentators endorsed an attempt to murder a retired Indian general, the London Telegraph...
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