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Drug Bust Leads to Arrest of Relative of Indira Gandhi’s Assassin in New Zealand

Drug Bust Leads to Arrest of Relative of Indira Gandhi's Assassin in New Zealand
Pro Khalistani activist Baltej Singh: Drug Bust Leads to Arrest of Relative of Indira Gandhi's Assassin in New Zealand

Authorities in Auckland, New Zealand have arrested Baltej Singh, a relative of Satwant Singh, one of the assassins who killed former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. The arrest came after a drug bust in Manukau, which uncovered significant amounts of methamphetamine concealed in beer cans. Baltej Singh’s family connection to Satwant Singh has made him a well-known figure in the local community.

Background: Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, two of Indira Gandhi’s bodyguards, assassinated the former prime minister in 1984, following the Indian government’s Operation Blue Star. Satwant Singh’s brother and his family relocated to New Zealand in the 1980s and opened a small grocery store in Auckland. In recent months, Baltej Singh’s family has seen a sudden increase in their wealth, with Baltej’s father becoming the proprietor of a real estate firm named Ray White and purchasing a house valued at over INR 100 crore.

Baltej Singh’s Role: Baltej Singh is considered one of the primary masterminds and fund-raisers for anti-India and pro-Khalistan demonstrations organised in New Zealand. Baltej is currently in prison and facing trial on drug peddling charges. This incident has once again highlighted the criminal background and dubious motivations of pro-Khalistan activists and demonstrators.

Protests by Pro-Khalistani Activists: In recent weeks, pro-Khalistani activists have staged protests in several countries, including the UK, the US and Canada. In the UK, they vandalised the Indian mission in London, which drew condemnation from the British government, including from UK PM Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.

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