Who Is Barjinder Singh Parwana – The Key Accused Of Patiala Violence?

A resident of Rajpura in Punjab’s Patiala, this isn’t Parwana’s first brush with the authorities. Parwana, who is also known as Sunny, is reportedly a graduate and had gone to Singapore in 2007-2008. He returned to Punjab after 18 months and then set up his own religious group — the Damdami Taksal Jatha Rajpura. His social media profiles show that he has often published the videos and statements favouring Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

The self-styled preacher also participated in the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s three farm laws in 2020-2021

Parwana, 38, was nabbed at Mohali airport and sent to four-day judicial remand two days after the violent altercation, which resulted when members of Hindu extremist outfits leading a pre-planned ‘Khalistan Murdabad’ march in Patiala were confronted by radical Sikh groups.

According to police sources, Parwana was one of the main leaders of the Sikh protesters and had rallied them days in advance through his Instagram Reels as well as Facebook and YouTube videos.

On May 1, Parwana, 38, was nabbed at Mohali airport and sent to four-day judicial remand two days for instigating Sikhs against the ‘Khalistan Murdabad March’ in Patiala. His call allegedly led to the Patiala violence, where the famous Maa Kali Mandir in Patiala was attacked by Nihang Sikhs. Notably, Parwana had urged Sikhs from different parts of Punjab to gather in Patiala against the march. The Sikh leader Parwana had been instigating Sikhs against the march that was scheduled for April 29 in Patiala. He had uploaded multiple videos on his Facebook account where he urged armed Sikhs to gather in Patiala on April 29.

On April 24, he said he was getting calls from people living in Moga, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Karnal, Rajpura, etc., telling him they were prepared for April 29. He said, “You all must stay prepared for April 29. I will confirm everything later. We may have to take a step before April 29. It is your religious duty. Do you understand by being fully prepared? If you have any baton or any other weapon, bring it.” Instead of calling out the state government, he said, “Though SSP has promised nothing will happen, there might be pressure on the from the centre. You know they are making an issue of Hindu-Sikh. We are fighting for our rights.”

Meanwhile, the IG Patiala, during a press briefing, said:
“CM Bhagwant Mann has given clear instructions that strict action has to be taken against any miscreants. Officer Deepak Parekh will personally see that the case reaches a conclusion”.

“There are some details we can’t share with the media right now, since we do not want to hamper the investigation. Interrogation is a long process, and we will conduct a comprehensive investigation,” he further added.

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