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Massive support for Rail Roko protest: Sikh activists block railways tracks at Jalandhar and Hassanpur

May 31, 2015 | By

Jalandhar/ Ludhiana: Various Sikh organizations blocked railway traffic at two different places in Punjab. The protest was aimed at extending support to Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s struggle for the release of Sikh political prisoners jailed in India beyond their minimum mandatory jail terms.

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Representatives of Sikh organizations block railway tracks in Jalandhar

Majority of representatives of Bandi Singhs Rihai Snagharsh Committee led the Sikh activists and the sangat to block railway tracks at Jalandhar Cant Railway station.

Heavy police force was deployed at and outside the Jalandhar cant railway station. Sources told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) that the Sikh activists in large numbers had started gathering outside the Jalandhar Cant railway station at around 11 am. In a brief address by Sangharsh Committee leaders, Sikh activists were told about the purpose of the protest and appealed to the participants to observe a peaceful protest. Then around 12 pm, the protesters marched inside the railway station and blocked the railway tracks. They sit over the railway tracks and stopped railway traffic.

As a result of the protest the railway traffic was affected on Amritsar-Delhi and Delhi-Jammu main lines.

As per information, railway tracks were also blocked at village Hassanpur near Ludhiana. Members of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa’s family also participated in this protest.

It is notable that Bapu Surat Singh, aged 83, is on hunger strike since January 16. He is seeking permanent release of Sikh political prisoners who have served minimum mandatory terms for the sentence of ‘imprisonment for life’.

Legal experts say that the concerned political prisoners are eligible to be granted premature release. Sikh political activists allege that the respective state/s and central governments in India have been denying ‘premature release’ to these prisoners due to political discrimination against the Sikhs. Some the these prisoners have spend over two decades behind the bars, where as life term convicts are granted premature release after 14, 18 or 20 years in India as per applicable rules and jail manuals.

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