While celebrating Diwali in Mississauga city, Canadians of Indian descent and supporters of the Khalistan separatist movement reportedly engaged in a brawl.
During the party, a group was seen holding the tricolour, while the other was seen with the Khalistan flag, according to videos shared on social media. In a subsequent press release, Peel Regional Police confirmed that one person was injured in the brawl. There were minor injuries sustained by the person, who was treated by paramedics. The police had received reports on Monday night that there was a fight in the area of Goreway and Etude drives.
In the beginning, local news media website Insauga reported that 400 to 500 people were involved in a fight in a parking lot at Goreway Dr and Etude Dr in Malton, during Diwali celebrations. In addition to being shared on TikTok, the video has also gained more than 200,000 views since it was uploaded on other platforms.
The footage shows police officers standing between the two groups as they try to end a standoff. No arrests were made by the police. Mandeep Khatra, a Peel police constable, told Toronto City News that the fights were isolated and not involving entire groups. “There was information that there were smaller groups involved in fights, but not the whole group,” he said.
“We originally received information that a fight had occurred. The police attended, there was a large crowd, a lot of people yelling and screaming. It was determined to be a Diwali celebration and police remained in the area to keep the peace and were present in the area until the crowd dispersed,” added the police official.
Recently, there has been an increase in anti-Indian activities in Canada, led by those supportive of the creation of a separate Khalistani state. Khalistani supporters also defaced Hindu temples in several Canadian provinces, including Toronto’s BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, by vandalising it. A notice issued by the Indian government earlier this month urged Indians in Canada to remain vigilant in the face of rising anti-Indian activities.
Moreover, India has requested that Canada condemn the so-called “Khalistan Referendums” being held in Ontario on November 6 this year, by the terrorist group ‘Sikhs for Justice’, and take action against individuals who support terrorism and violence against the biggest democracy in the world. It has urged the Justin Trudeau administration to put an end to the pretended referendum and make sure that no resources owned by the Canadian government are used to incite hatred or encourage violence against Indians.