December 4, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
SAS Nagar/ Mohali, Punjab (December 04, 2013): As per recent information the “Bandi Singhs Rihai March” carried jointly by various Sikh bodies reached Amb Sahib Mohali at around 6:15 pm today. The march was initially stopped by the police at Amritsar but allowed to proceed afterwards. The scuffle between police and Sikhs at Amritsar turned had serious when Dastar of a Singh hold Nishan Sahib went off.
After negotiations the police officials regretted the incident and said that a departmental action shall be taken against guilty police personnel after holding an inquiry.
A police party led by a SP from Amritsar escorted the march to Mohali to avoid any ‘untoward incident’.
The march was aimed at highlighting the cause of Sikh political prisoners languishing in Indian jails since early-mid-1990s. A Sikh named Gurbaksh Singh is observing fast unto death since November 14 seeking release of these prisoners, in specific five Sikhs namely Bhai Gurmit Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lakhwinder Singh (who are confined in Burrail Jail, Chandigarh since 1995), Bhai Lal Singh (who was arrested in 1992 by Gujrat police and is currently confined in Maximum security jail Nabha) and Bhai Gurdip Singh (who is confined in Gurbarg Jail of Karnataka for last 23 years). These individuals have served their terms of sentence but were not being released by respective state governments.
The march that passed through Jandiala, Rayya, Beas, Kartarpur Sahib, Jalandhar, Phagwara, Gorayya, Phillaur, Ludhaina, Samrala and Kharrar, received tremendous response from the Sikh sangats. Many Sikhs joined the march mid-way.
As per information the march concluded at Gurdwara Amb Sahib, Mohali after performing ardas for the release of bandi Singhs.
Various Sikh leaders including Dal Khasla President Harcharan Jit Singh Dhammi, Akali Dal Panch Pardhani leader Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema, Baba Ram Singh of Damdami Taksal and Sikh preacher Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal extended thanks to the Sikh sangat for their support. They also appealed to the Sikh sangat to continue to lend their support to Bhai Gurbaksh Singh in his struggle for the release Sikh political prisoners.
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