December 6, 2016 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Talwandi Sabo: The Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar (Mann), United Akali Dal (UAD) have declared to hold December 8 gathering at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district. SAD (Mann) and UAD leaders today got started Akhand Paath Sahib of Guru Granth Sahib in a Palki Sahib at the venue of the proposed gathering at Natt Road near Talwandi Sabo. The Akhand Paath Sahib reportedly began at around 4 am.
Speaking to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), SAD (Mann) leader S. Mahinder Pal Singh (M. P. Singh) said that the Punjab government has started police crackdown on the organizers of the event.
“The police have started raiding houses of our leaders and supporters. The police have arrested UAD leader Bhai Gurdeep Singh Bathinda and Bhai Chamkaur Singh Bhai Rupa besides some others”, M. P. Singh told SSN over phone.
He said that the police have arrested some persons who were taking out “Langar” at the venue of the gathering and Gurdeep Singh Bathinda who had gone there to get those persons released was also detained by the police.
SAD (Mann) leader further informed SSN that the Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to entertain a petition moved by S. Simranjit Singh Mann’s lawyer Advo. Ranjan Lakhanpal to extend permissions for holding the “Sarbat Khalsa 2016” at Talwandi Sabo on Dec. 08.
“The HC has told us to approach Bathinda Deputy Commission (DC) for the seeking permission to hold the event but DC has already denied us permissions in this regard under Punjab government’s pressure” he added.
In a video message released over social media S. Simranjit Singh Mann alleged that the High Court has failed to protect basic their rights and freedoms granted by the Indian Constitution. He also appealed to the Sikh sangat to reach Talwandi Sabo on December 8 and boycott ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)’s Moga rally- which is also scheduled to be held on Dec. 08.
Another video that surfaced over social media shows that SAD (Mann) activists were agitating over police interference at the venue of the December 8 gathering.