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India has blocked the oxygen funding hotline operated by Sikh for Justice.

India blocked forty oxygen funding websites of SFJ, an unlawful organization under the UAPA, 1967, and later stopped their 24/7 hotline numbers.

India blocked forty oxygen funding websites of SFJ, an unlawful organization under the UAPA, 1967, and later stopped their 24/7 hotline numbers.The capital and a few states in India, amid the second wave of COVID-19, ran out of oxygen. The government was unable to provide the requisite amount of oxygen supply to hospitals due to an increase in the number of positive cases of acute infection. India received oxygen supply from many countries, including the U.S., Britain, and Germany, and monetary help from NRI's around the world. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued orders under Sec. 69 A of the I.T. Act, 2000, for blocking forty websites of Sikh for Justice (SFJ) based on the Ministry of Home Affairs recommendation.

The Newsweek reports SFJ had told Associated Press that the Indian government had blocked the COVID-19 relief website, oxygenfund.org. In an email to Newsweek, SFJ General Counsel Gurpatwant Pannun said, "By blocking SFJ sites that were providing Oxygen money to COVID patients, PM Modi has started the cycle of Corona-cide- (mass deaths of COVID-19 patients for lack of Oxygen)."

Amid the blockade, the organization communicated with Indians through WhatsApp and 24-hour hotlines in New York, Melbourne, and London. On May 11, SFJ's press release stated that India had blocked their Whatapp numbers, resulting in a breakdown in contact between COVID-19 patients in India and international donors.

Being a U.S.-based organization promoting Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda, it is a criminal organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. It is part of the Khalistan movement to create a homeland for Sikhs by establishing a separate sovereign state in Punjab known as "Khalistan."

The Globe and Mail report that India's deputy high commissioner to Canada, Anshuman Gaur, said that the government had identified SFJ as a terrorist group but did not comment on whether the state had blocked the site. In a phone interview, he said that it was banned.

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