Mohali, Punjab: Representatives of the Sant Samaj, Nihangs and other Sikh organisations decided to stage dharnas in front of the offices of the Deputy Commissioners throughout the state on December 17. The decision was taken to press the demand for the release of the Sikh youths languishing in various jails in the country even after the completion of their sentences. The meeting was held in response to an appeal by radical leader Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, whose indefinite fast at the entered its 32nd day today.
Leaders said the Punjab Government should take up the issue of the release of the Sikh detainees. Khalsa called for unity among the Sikh organisations and the starting of a people’s movement to secure the release of the detainees.
Among the leaders present were Harpal Singh Cheema, acting president of the SAD ( Panch Pardhani), RP Singh of the Akand Kirtani Jatha and Satnam Singh, Paonta Sahib, of the Dal Khalsa.
It was announced that a ‘Khalsa march’ would reach Mohali from Talwandi Sabo tomorrow.
Yesterday, Congress MLA from Chamkaur Sahib Charanjit Singh Chani met Khalsa and extended support to him.
After giving an assurance that he would take up the issue of the release of the Sikhs with the Union Home Minister, Chani urged the fasting leader to give up his indefinite fast. However, Khalsa declined to do so and said his fast would continue till the detained Sikhs are released.
Source: The Tribune