Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana for Diwali boycott

Amritsar, Punjab: Kamaldeep Kaur, sister of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, today met Akal Takht chief Jathedar Gurbachan Singh and handed him over a letter by Rajoana addressed to the Sikh Panth.

Rajoana has appealed to the Sikhs not to celebrate Diwali (November 3) with crackers on the plea that it was in the first week of November that Sikhs were massacred after the assassination of then PM Indira Gandhi in 1984.

He appealed to the Sikhs to utilise the money thus saved in extending help to the genocide victims. He urged the Jathedar to issue directions to the Sikh community in this regard. He also said there should be no fireworks at the Golden Temple. He appealed to the Sikhs to light candles on Diwali in memory of those killed in 1984.

Amritsar: All-India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) chief Karnail Singh Peermohammad on Monday met Akal Takht chief Jathedar Gurbachan Singh and told him that over a million signatures had been collected for the ‘Sikh Genocide Petition’. He said the Jathedar had asked the Sikh groups to submit the petition to the UN in Geneva on November 1, coinciding with the 29th anniversary of the 1984 genocide. He said the petition would be handed over to Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights chief, by a delegation of Sikh NGOs. He said Sikh groups would hold a rally outside the UN in Geneva on November 1.

More than 10,000 Sikhs from across Europe and North America were expected to participate.

Source: The Tribune

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