One Pakistani, 2 Indian-origin individuals in US ‘blacklisted’ for anti-India actions

New Delhi, July 23

A Pakistani and two Indian-origin individuals based mostly within the US have been “blacklisted” by the federal government for his or her alleged anti-India actions.

The transfer got here after Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah apprising them in regards to the alleged anti-India actions of Rehan Siddiqui, a US-based Pakistani, and Rakesh Kaushal and Darshan Mehta.

The trio will be unable to journey to India following the blacklisting.

In a letter to Shewale, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy mentioned the problem was examined by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) following his grievance.

“The MEA has apprised that Rehan Siddiqui, Rakesh Kaushal and Darshan Mehta have been blacklisted on the recommendations of the Consulate General of India, Houston,” Reddy wrote to Shewale.

Siddiqui runs a radio station in Houston and organises cultural occasions with artistes from Bollywood.

Kaushal and Mehta allegedly help Siddiqui in organising such occasions.

Reddy additionally conveyed to the MP that the Indian Embassy in Washington DC and the Consulate General in Houston have been requested to have interaction with distinguished influencers, cultural our bodies and bona-fide “Bollywood-affiliated” native entities to make sure that applicable message is conveyed to Indian actors and artistes in order that they disassociate themselves from such anti-national components.

Shewale, the MP from Mumbai South Central, mentioned the federal government has suggested the Bollywood celebrities to not take part in occasions organised by the trio.

In his grievance to Home Minister Shah in February 2020, Shewale had mentioned Siddiqui is the proprietor of a radio station in Houston and promoter of cultural occasions and has been allegedly concerned in anti-India actions and anti-India propaganda.

The MP claimed that Siddiqui’s radio station was funded by US-based Pakistanis and the Pakistan authorities.

Shewale mentioned after the February 2019 terror assault in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, Siddiqui “launched a vicious anti-India campaign and tried to malign the dignity and honour” of the Prime Minister.

Forty CRPF jawans had been killed within the terror assault in Pulwama. India had carried out an air strike at a terror camp in Pakistan, days after the Pulwama assault.

Shewale has now demanded investigations by the Enforcement Directorate and the National Investigation Agency on the Bollywood celebrities who had participated within the occasions organised by Siddiqui and his two accomplices. — PTI

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