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Media questioning police allegations against Bhai KS Barapind, while Avtar S. Makkar endorse upon police theory

September 25, 2012 | By

Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind, President of ADPP and Member of SGPC from Phillaur

Amritsar/Jalandhar (September 25, 2012): Whereas various media sections are posing questions on police theory against Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind, President of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP), while the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) President Avtar Singh Makkar went on to endorse on Police claims allegations against Bhai Barapind.

According to a news report by Hindustan Times (HT) “On the arrest of Shiromani Akali Dal (Panj Pardhani) president Kulbir Singh Barapind by the Punjab Police, Makkar said the police had acted on the basis of certain reports. The recovery of weapons and other items from his house justify the police action, he said, refusing to condemn the arrest”.

It is notable that Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind is the lone member of SGPC who successfully contested and won the election of SGPC against Badal Dal candidate from Phillaur constituency.

Political observers are of the view that currently the SGPC is controlled by ruling regime of Badal Dal and Avtar Singh Makkar has no ability to line apart from Badal Dal & it’s government’s stand on these issues.

As regards alleged illegal recovery, the Times of India (TOI), in a news report has reported as follows:

Most of the books and magazines seized from house of SGPC member Kulbir Singh Barapind and bracketed as seditious are freely available in the market. In fact, some of it would be available with top mainstream Sikh leaders.

“Who Killed Karkare”, by former Maharashtra police IG S M Mushrif , is also among the books picked up by police from Barapind’s farmhouse in the village. The seized “seditious” literature includes “Directory of Martyrs of June ’84” (Operation Bluestar), which has photographs and brief profiles of Sikh militants who fought the Army during at the Darbar Sahib in June 1984.

Published by Dal Khalsa, it was released by Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma, whose proximity to ruling SAD is well known, at the Akal Takht during a function held to mark anniversary of Army action. “The first copy was given to Akal Takht jathedar Gurbachan Singh and second to SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar,” said Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh.

A list of this literature provided by Jalandhar (rural) police included calendars with photograhs of dreaded militant Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale, who was declared martyr by the Akal Takht and his pictures displayed by SGPC at Central Sikh Museum in Darbar Sahib.

Khalsa Fatehnama, a monthly magazine registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India and being published since 2006, is also part of the “seditious” literature. Other magazines include “Sikh Shahadat”, now discontinued but was freely available in the market, “Paigam” (an ultra Leftist magazine now discontinued), “Shashtarnama” and booklets “Khalistan Di Goonj”, ” Shaheed Bhai Satpal Singh Dhillon” and another on Sant Bhindrawale.

Among the books are “Jang Jaari Rahegi”, “Azadi Sangram Di Lal Kitab” and four CDs — Police Encounter.

Sarabjit Singh, a Dal Khalsa leader involved with a few publications, said that all this material was freely available in the market and none was banned by the state or Union government. Asked what was seditious in it, DIG Lok Nath Angra and SP (Detective) Rajinder Singh said that they were getting opinion of an expert to look into the contents.

According a news report by Indian Express as regards arrest of Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind, Bibi Khushmir Kaur wife of Bhai Barapind is reported to have told media during a press conferece, held at Press Club Chandigarh on September 25, 2012 that “The police came at 1.30 am and picked up my husband on the pretext of preventive arrest. They had no arrest warrants. Then a day later, the police came again and searched our house without any search warrants. They told me that they had found a pistol from our bed and also took a book Who killed Karkare. Then they put sedition and other charges on my husband. It is all been done due to political vendetta”.

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