International humanitarian organization Khalsa Aid which has recently been branded as a “terror” and “anti-national” outfit by a section of Indian news channels for extending aid to the agitating farmers in Delhi and volunteers of which have been summoned by the National Investigation Agency in a terror case, today sent a team of volunteers to Uttrakhand to help the victims of the glacier disaster.
The disaster took place on Sunday and claimed the lives of around 150 persons.
“Our first team of volunteers has left for #Uttarakhand. We are monitoring the situation and in constant touch with central and state disaster Relief committees”, said Amarpreet Singh, Director Khalsa Aid Asia Pacific, on his Twitter handle.
Khalsa Aid India volunteer team is at ground zero, where people are stranded and stuck due to glacier disaster. Assessments are being done presently on ground zero in coordination with state disaster authority, states a Tweet of the Indian Chapter of the organization.
Pertinently, a team of its volunteers is camping at the sites of indefinite protests being undertaken by the farmers on the outskirts of India’s national capital against three “draconian laws” enacted by the BJP-led union government in the agriculture sector. They are providing all kinds of help to the agitators who are spending days and nights on roads since November 26 last year.
Members of this team were amongst the farmers’ leaders, activists, journalists, transporters, and common supporters of the agitation, who were summoned by the NIA, counter-terrorism task force of India, connected with a terror case registered by it against Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) functionaries. The human rights activists across the globe opposed this move of the NIA, terming it as “oppressive” measures taken by the Indian government to suppress the farmers’ struggle.
Before this, a section of the Indian media telecast program branding Khalsa Aid as a “terror” organization and disseminating that this organization was working to “disintegrate” the nation. Still, the Khalsa Aid functionaries are working day and night to facilitate agitating farmers.
However, the service of this organization is being hailed across the world with several recognitions.
With the support of Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) from Brampton south Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria and Brampton mayor Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, Tim Uppal has recently nominated Khalsa Aid for Nobel Peace Prize by sending a three-page nomination letter to Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair, The Norwegian Nobel Committee, Norway on January 14.