The organizers of ‘Khalistan Referendum’ got a big blow on Sunday. According to the information, Canadian authorities withdrew permission to conduct voting in a public school. English website Hindustan Times has published news in this regard. The referendum was scheduled for September 10 at Tammanwis Secondary School in the city of Surrey, British Columbia. However, a spokesperson for the Surrey District School Board said in a statement that the rental agreement was violated due to which it has been cancelled.

The apparent reason for withdrawal of permission is said to be that the promotional material of the program contained pictures of weapons as well as pictures of the school. The referendum poster actually depicted a saber along with an AK-47 machine gun. If reports are to be believed, objections were raised regarding this, even after this the organizers of the program failed to remove these related photographs and this poster related to the program continued to be posted on social media.

The school said that the event organizers have been informed about the decision. Our first job as a school is to provide quality education and support to the students. It is our duty to ensure a safe environment in school.

Maninder Gill welcomed the decision on behalf of his organization.

The statement issued by the school said that our agreements, policies and guidelines, including fares, support our mission to create a safe environment for our community. Any individual or group renting our facilities needs to comply with this. Maninder Gill, president of the Surrey-based Friends of Canada and India Foundation, welcomed the decision on behalf of his organization.

mastermind of bomb blast

Let us tell you that a few days ago, Indian-Canadians, upset with the referendum and the use of a government school for this purpose, had complained to the school board. In his complaint he had said that posters of Talwinder Singh Parmar have been pasted all around the school premises. Parmar is considered the mastermind of the terrorist bombing of Air India Flight 182, Kanishka, which killed 329 people on June 23, 1985. The people of Surrey had expressed concern and also mentioned the picture of an AK-47 in the letter. It said the school board, the city of Surrey and BC’s provincial government are accountable to parents for promoting gun violence in broad daylight… The issues raised in the letter were discussed in an interview with outlet Surrey Talk Radio on Saturday. During this, it was presented to Surrey Mayor Brenda Locke.

No new date announced

It is noteworthy that India had already reiterated its displeasure over the use of Canadian territory for a separatist referendum through formal channels to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada. Meanwhile, no new date has been announced for the referendum.

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