Canadian law enforcement denied the claims made by the Sikh for Justice or SFJ, a pro-Khalistan separatist group. It said armed men attempted to disrupt a voter registration campaign related to their separatist program called the Punjab Referendum 2020. On 15 August, when local SFJ activists proceeded to conduct the drive near the Indian consulate in Toronto While growing up, eight people were arrested on the complaint of an unknown “concerned citizen”, and five were charged with firearms related offenses after having a loaded handgun.
The SFJ had alleged that the vehicle was carrying an Indian tricolor and their drive was intended to sabotage, and was also reported in local media. However, the Peel Regional Police has denied the incident to be a political angle. Asked if it had anything to do with the proposed program of the pro-Khalistan group and the allegations leveled by the SFJ, a PRP spokesperson said that he was “not informed about being an Indian agent.”
Another PRP spokesperson said in another reply to the Indo-Canadian Voice, “There have been comments by local media outlets referring to threats of a political nature, our investigation did not find that.”