2 Sikh youth charity workers held in UK antiterror probe

first_imgLondon: Two persons, including a woman — having links with a Sikh youth group, have been arrested by Britain’s counter-terrorism police in connection with an alleged fraud relating to the group’s charitable funds.West Midlands Police said a 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation by dating back to September last year. The UK’s Charity Commission is investigating the receipt and use of charitable funds by the Sikh Youth UK which has raised “a number of regulatory concerns”. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Sikh Youth UK is not a registered charity but the independent regulator has jurisdiction over it because the funds being scrutinised in the investigation are charitable. “Two people have been arrested by detectives from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU), this resulted following the examination of evidence obtained during searches which took place in September 2018,” a West Midlands Police statement said. “A 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were detained from an address in Birmingham for questioning in connection with alleged fraud offences of donated charitable funds. The pair are Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customsbeing held at a police station in the West Midlands,” the statement said. It said that the WMCTU officers had been working closely with the UK’s Charity Commission, which has opened a “statutory inquiry” into funds held by and raised in connection with Sikh Youth UK. The British Sikh outfit is described on its website as a national organisation raising awareness on social evils and supporting the victims of sexual grooming, substance abuse and domestic violence within the community. Some of its activities include commemorating those who died during ‘Operation Blue Star’ at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984. “The organisation uses spirituality, sport and education based treatment and rehabilitation programmes coupled with close mentoring and support groups,” according to the Sikh Youth UK website. “In October 2018, West Midlands Police notified the Commission of concerns relating to the organisation’s receipt and use of charitable funds,” a Charity Commission statement said. “The Commission exercised its powers under Section 52 of the Charities Act 2011 to obtain copies of bank statements. The Commission’s analysis of the information obtained to date has identified a number of regulatory concerns which warrant further investigation,” it said. The watchdog said its inquiry will examine all aspects of the group’s functioning as well as its status in order to determine whether it is a charity in law and present a report at the end of its probe. The action this week against Sikh Youth UK workers is connected with anti-terror raids related to extremist activity in India led by the WMCTU last year, when coordinated raids were conducted British Sikh addresses in Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham. “The searches are in connection with allegations of extremist activity in India and fraud offences,” West Midlands Police had said at the time in September 2018. Ptilast_img read more

Football Torrance Gibson signs letter of intent with junior college

Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. read more