Ludhiana, Punjab: Surat Singh Khalsa, 75, on a strike for the past 42 days demanding release of Sikh prisoners, was on Thursday detained by the Ludhiana police at the civil hospital.
Deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal and senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar visited Surat Singh at his house on February 8 and demanded him to end his no-solid-food strike. They made decision that police must forcibly take him to the civil hospital for treatment but he refused medical examination or treatment.
However, on Thursday the police condoned off the civil hospital after they were told by the doctors regarding the deteriorating condition of Surat Singh. His family was also detained, confined and later released and sent to his native village of Hassanpur.
Police were deployed around 4pm at the hospital under additional deputy commissioner of police Mukhwinder Singh Bhullar, and the team detained Surat Singh and he was treated by doctors.
“The measure was taken after doctors informed the police regarding the worsening condition of Khalsa,” said Bhullar. No journalist was allowed to enter the emergency ward where he was being treated.