New Delhi: The Union Jack came down in August 1947; today, people clambered onto the ramparts of the Red Fort and as millions watched, horrified, they did the same with the tricolour.

This merely corroborated what the government has been saying for a while, that the agitation by farmers has been infiltrated by pro-Khalistan elements. According to intelligence reports, the ISI, the Pakistani military intelligence agency, has given Rs 5 crore to the German chapter of the Babbar Khalsa International to pass on to cause trouble. The money was handed over to Babbar Khalsa chief Wadhwawa Singh and KCF chief Paramjit Singh Panjwar. 

It isn't just the ISI. Santokh Singh Lalli and Swaranjit Singh Gotra, both in Italy, and both pro-Khalistani, have raised 200,000 British pounds. Joginder Singh Bassi in Canada has raised and forwarded about Rs 3 crore.

In Britain, the British Organisation of Sikh Students, Kulwant Singh Dhesi, the President of the British Sikh Council and Tarsem Singh Deol, the general secretary of the British Sikh Council, have raised funds. They, sources said, have links with the Khalistan Tiger Force and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

So, the money is coming from Britain, the United States, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is coming through hawala, cash couriers, MTSS platforms like Western Union and crowdfunding. It is sometimes going through the Sikh radical units and it is to provide logistic support. 

The SFJ, based in the United States, has, of course, been very vocal. They have offered $250,000 to people for raising the Khalistan flag at the India Gate. And $1,000 for raising the Khalistan flag at the Singhu border. For people writing slogans opposing the farmer laws, there are large sums. Rs 10,000 has been offered for each trolley reaching the Singhu border. Any damage to a tractor or trolley will be handsomely compensated. 

Online platforms have also been used to raise funds, sources said. There have been 34 fundraising campaigns on and they, collectively, have raised Rs 2.4 crore. There have been 13 Facebook campaigns and Rs 52 lakh raised. Otherwise, money is coming through, violating the FCRA regulations. 

**Update Clarification:

Canadian Citizen Mr Joginder Bassi has told TIMES NOW that he is not the person mentioned in an Intel report with an alleged connection to an anti-national group. He is a citizen of repute and has no connection with any anti-India group. Mr Bassi says that he has a strong love for his country and has spoken about the same on many occasions. References to Mr Joginder Bassi's alleged connection to any anti-national group are incorrect.