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Jathedar seeks Indian PM’s help on detainees; Ask Punjab Govt. to contact other state govts

December 11, 2013 | By

Amritsar, Punjab (December 10, 2013): It is learnt that Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has said that the Government of India, particularly Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, should wake up to the plight of Sikh detainees languishing in various Indian jails for years despite having completed their sentence and to ensure that they are released forthwith.

Giani Gurbachan Singh (LEFT) and Bhai Gurbaksh Singh (RIGHT)

Giani Gurbachan Singh (LEFT) and Bhai Gurbaksh Singh (RIGHT)

As per media reports, while talking to media-persons at Amritsar Sahib on December 10, 2013, the Jathedar said he fully endorsed the demand raised by Gurbaksh Singh and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee and the Punjab government should make efforts to secure the release of Sikh detainees.

He alleged that the Government of India was resorting to double standards while dealing with minorities. “ I have come to know that there are Sikh detainees even in jails of Gujarat, which is ruled by the BJP. The SAD must get in touch with the Gujarat Government to seek their release,” he said.

As per media reports Jathedar also directed the SGPC to initiate the legal process for the release of the detainees at its own level. He appealed to Gurbaksh Singh to end fast and hand him over a list of detainees in various jails.

Giani Gurbachan Singh reportedly said it was a serious issue and would be discussed at the coming meeting of the Sikh high priests. He said Gurbaksh Singh should end his fast and channelise his energy into mobilising support for the cause. The Jathedar had sparked a row last week, holding that Gurbaksh Singh’s fast was against the tenets of Sikhism.

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