FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –Members of Fort St. John’s Sikh community will gather at Guru Nanak Sikh Temple Saturday night to honour a prominent Indian activist after his passing earlier this week.
According to Indian police officials, actor, lawyer, and activist Deep Sidhu died in a car crash on Tuesday after his car crashed into the rear end of a truck in the northern state of Haryana.
Sidhu was a vocal supporter of India’s farmer’s movement, a protest that saw tens of thousands of farmers camp for months on the outskirts of Delhi to oppose laws implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government that the farmers claimed could ruin their livelihood.
Those laws were then repealed last November.
Sidhu was accused of instigating violence during a Republic Day rally on January 26th, 2021, according to CNN News-18.
According to the Indian news outlet The Tribune, some see his death as suspicious, including Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and Amargarh candidate Simranjit Singh Mann, who is demanding an investigation into Sidhu’s death.
Mann alleges that PM Modi had Sidhu killed for his involvement in the Red Fort violence, a view that is shared by some members of the Sikh community, including some residents of Fort St. John.
The gathering held to honour Sidhu will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday.