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UK has no plans to ban pro-Khalistan demonstration in London

Press Trust of India  |  London 

The has no plans to ban a planned by a pro-group here as long as it is "within the law" and remains non-violent, a said today.

The statement came after the Indian authorities had issued a demarche to the to take steps against a rally planned at on August 12 by a group named Sikhs for Justice.

The rally is dubbed as a "London Declaration" for a "Referendum 2020" campaign seeking a "sovereign state of Khalistan", with claims that it will be attended by Sikhs from the UK, and

"In the UK, people have the right to gather together and to demonstrate their views, provided that they do so within the law," a said.

"However, we will not tolerate any groups who spread hate or deliberately raise community fears and tensions by bringing and violence to our towns and cities and the police have comprehensive powers to deal with such activities," the added.

The response came after the (MEA) issued a statement as of the rally emerged earlier this week.

"We expect that the will not allow any such group, whose intention is to spread hatred and impact our bilateral relations, to use its country," said MEA

The MEA stressed in its statement that the majority of the Sikh community, in Britain and around the world, have very good relations with

"As far as such small groups are concerned, I believe these are fringe elements and their job is to spread hatred and communal disharmony," Kumar said.

The Sikhs for Justice group claims its Referendum 2020 campaign is the first-ever referendum of the global community of around 30 million Sikhs.

"London Declaration is a peaceful campaign for a non-binding referendum on the question of Sikhs' right to self-determination, as guaranteed by the UN Charter and International Convention on Civil and Political Rights," the group said in a statement.

The August 12 date for the rally has been selected to coincide with on August 15.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 20:05 IST