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Sikh-Americans names removed from blacklist

Washington: Sikh-Americans have welcomed the Indian government’s decision of removing the names of 225 Sikhs from a blacklist. Names of 225 Sikhs, chronicled in the government’s blacklist for their alleged involvement in subversive or anti-India activities, have been removed over the last four years.

The pruning has been done in a list of 298 Sikhs which was prepared at different levels by security agencies since 1980s. Jasdip Singh Jasse, founder of Sikhs of America, at a joint news conference with the Overseas Friends of BJP-USA, which was attended by leaders of Sikh American community said “This is a step in the right direction and a promise fulfilled by the Modi government.” Last year, a delegation of Sikh-Americans led by Mr Singh had submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visited the Silicon Valley. Mr Singh, along with a delegation of OFBJP-USA, had also submitted a similar memorandum to Home Minister Rajnath Singh last year.