All India Sikh Students Federation chief Peermohammad taken into custody in Punjab

They were held when they were heading towards the Golden Temple to handover a "1984 genocide report" and a memorandum, urging him to recognise the anti-Sikh riots as genocide in Canadian parliament.

Published: 21st February 2018 09:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2018 09:33 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

AMRITSAR: The Punjab Police today detained All India Sikh Students Federation president Karnail Singh Peermohammad and several other AISSF members outside the Golden Temple complex, ahead of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit.

They were rounded up when they were heading towards the Golden Temple to handover a "1984 genocide report" and a memorandum, urging him to recognise the anti-Sikh riots as genocide in Canadian parliament.

"We wanted to welcome Trudeau and hand over the memorandum to him. But we're not allowed to do so," Peermohammad said.

Trudeau is on a week-long visit to India.

He and his delegation reached the Temple at 11:55 am.

The Amritsar visit is being seen as a significant leg of Trudeau's India trip.

Sikhs constitute a large segment of people of Indian origin settled in Canada.

Tight security arrangements were put in place by the Punjab Police in Amritsar with over 1,500 police personnel deployed in the holy city for the visit.

Senior police officials including SSPs and DIGs, besides a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team, have also been deployed in the city.

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